Appeal to reverse Sheffield green belt campsite refusal

A man has appealed against a decision to refuse his plans for a new campsite on green belt land and asked Sheffield Council to reimburse him for the costs.

Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 9:56 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 3:30 pm

Mark Boulby submitted plans for a campsite and 30 caravan spaces at Little Intake Farm, Woodhead Road, Grenoside, last year.

However, the council’s highways and planning committee refused the proposals in November, after objectors said it would ruin the woodland and be an added danger on the busy 60mph road.

Six councillors voted against the plans, while they were four votes in favour – two councillors abstained.

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Mr Boulby has now asked them to reverse this decision and pay back the costs.

Urbana Town Planning, in a statement on behalf of Mr Boulby, said: “The arguments contained within this document demonstrate the given reasons for refusal cannot be upheld given the nature of the proposal – outdoor recreational use - the lack of impact on the green belt and minimal impact on highways.

“The development will also bring significant benefits to the area, helping diversify the rural economy, and provide a boost to the local and wider area through increased tourism and visitor numbers.

“It is considered these benefits have not been afforded enough weight in the decision process.

“The appellant is also appealing for costs as it is considered the council have acted unreasonably and caused the appellant unnecessary time and expense.

“Overall, it is considered the stated reasons for refusal hold no weight, the refusal of the application should be overturned and the appeal allowed when considering all matters on balance.”