Caravan park owner told to sort out his records

PUBLISHED: 16:35 01 June 2006 | UPDATED: 13:30 04 May 2010

A LITTLE Thetford caravan park boss who wants to open his site to holidaymakers throughout the year is expected to be given a month to get his affairs in order, or have his planning permission refused. East Cambridgeshire District Council planning committ

A LITTLE Thetford caravan park boss who wants to open his site to holidaymakers throughout the year is expected to be given a month to get his affairs in order, or have his planning permission refused.

East Cambridgeshire District Council planning committee members will consider their next move in relation to the Two Acres Caravan Park at their meeting on Wednesday.

The park owner has asked for the removal of a planning condition, which would allow the holiday site to open throughout the 12 months.

But council officers have asked for a management scheme for the overall site and a system of record-keeping to be submitted and approved in writing before any change can be implemented.

They want information on the exact pitches of the caravans, the length of stay for each visitor, the reason for each visitor's stay and confirmation that caravans are not being used as main or sole residences.

A section 106 legal agreement is also required to ensure that the park is only used for holidays with no-one staying more than 42 days.

The move comes after allegations in January last year that the site was being permanently used by agricultural workers.

An investigation was carried out and in March that year an enforcement notice was issued to ensure that people using the site were genuine holidaymakers.

The notice is still in effect but the council's senior enforcement officer, Trevor Eagle, has reported evidence that the notice has been breached and has been in discussions with the council's solicitor with regards to possible court action.

But planning committee members have been told in a report: "Any prosecution of a breach of the notice will not necessarily stop any unauthorised occupation of the site, whereas enforcing the recent planning permission and the section 106 agreement will have a regulating effect on the site."

The council's solicitor has advised against obtaining any evidence or prosecuting for any current breach of the notice which it is believed would not be in the public interest.

Planning committee members have been recommended to refuse planning permission if the legal agreement is not agreed within one month of their meeting.

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