River Wharfe Camp site
next to collingham church
From the Parish Council.
The Parish Council has been made aware of this proposal by residents who have received a formal notice of the intention to use the field next to the church as a camp site, although, as yet, the Parish Council has not received any notification. The letter received by some residents was not in relation to a planning application, but was sent by firstname.lastname@example.org Any comments you may wish to make about this proposal should be addressed to them at present.
The Parish Council has a right to be consulted on planning applications within the parish, but the decision on any application is made by Leeds City Council planners. If this matter goes on to a full planning application,
any comments or objections you have to the proposal should be registered with Leeds City Council on their planning portal - www.leeds.gov.uk/planning . You will need to enter the number of the application, and you can then register your comments with the planners who will make the decision on whether to allow the application or not.
From the field's owner.
I thought I should write to introduce myself and to also outline the facts regarding the recent application to the Camping and Caravan Club for a small (exempt) certified camp site at the bottom of the field next to the River.
I have purchased the field with the main intention of keeping a few ponies on there and you will have noted that I have fenced off either side of the public footpath crossing the field to prevent dogs etc running over the field and the associated mess they often leave behind. Land either side of the footpath is private. Before putting up the fence I fully consulted the Footpath Officer at Leeds City Council (Angela Cookland) and also wrote to the Vicar of St Oswalds Church. The footpath officer told me that I was only required to leave a 1.5m wide gap between the fences but instead I opted for a wider gap of 4m to make it easier for dog walkers, hikers and other users of the footpath to pass etc. I really don't want to upset anyone and I am a dog owner myself.
The idea is to use each of the newly created halves of the field for a couple of ponies together with associated field shelters.
As you are probably aware the field has a 'dog leg' section down by the River where part of it is screened from the main road by a line of mature trees. This small area (as highlighted on the attached plan) is very private and also has the benefit of the private fishing rights I acquired when I purchased the field. I think this area would be a nice space for a LIMITED number of campers and so I have approached the Camping and Caravan Club with a view to benefitting from Club exemption rights to allow up to a maximum of 5 caravans.
Far from proposing a 'caravan park all over the field' and some locals have said to me, I am only looking at the option to place NO MORE THAN 5 CARAVANS on the field at anyone time and ONLY in the private area by the river behind the trees. Any activity in this area would be largely screened off from the main road and would be sufficiently far enough away from houses so as not to cause a nuisance. I met with representatives of the Camping and Caravan Club last Saturday to ascertain whether they thought the location behind the trees was suitable and they agreed it was. As part of their process they issued 'standard' letters to nearby residents to inform them of the proposal. I suppose in hindsight it would have been much better to accompany those letters with the plan attached to this email so people could understand that it is ONLY the small section of the field down by the river that is being proposed and only for a limited number of caravans (maximum of 5 caravans and 10 tents) - and NO MORE.