Divisive Sheffield campsite gets go ahead

Coun Peter Price supported the scheme
Coun Peter Price supported the scheme
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A new caravan and camping site will be created on green belt land in a Sheffield suburb after controversial plans were agreed.

Councillors clashed over the proposal for land at Little Intake Farm on Woodhead Road, Grenoside, with some voicing the concerns of residents and community groups over the tranquillity, ecology and wildlife of the area.

But others said the site was needed to provide more facilities for visitors to boost tourism.

Coun David Baker told the planning committee he would ‘need a lot of convincing’ on the application.

Coun Trevor Bagshaw added there would be ‘noise issues’ for residents, and the peacefulness of the area would be affected.

But Coun Peter Price said: “People want to go where it is beautiful - this is a bit of NIMBYism in my view.”

Coun Bryan Lodge added: “I think Sheffield has been lacking campsites for many years. We lack a lot of these facilities and we don’t shout about our city enough to attract people to come in.”

More than 100 representations were made for and against the application.

David Dulieu told councillors there were other campsites nearby and the ‘isolation’ of the area was part of its attraction.

Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith backed residents’ concerns about extra noise, traffic and disturbance.

But many local businesses supported the proposals.

A condition that only 31 caravans could use the site at any time was imposed.

It is expected to open for the Tour de France in July.