●● A PLAN to change farming land into a campsite with Mongolian yurts has been refused.
The application submitted to Cheshire East council sought to develop the grazing land next to the stables at Hollinset Farm, Hollin Lane, into a campsite.
The application site was located to the north side of the stables and west side of Hollin Lane near to its junction with Withenshaw Lane.
The proposal asked to place two sets of six Mongolian style yurts on the land, with associated toilet facilities, road, parking, alterations to the existing access and landscaping.
But the council has refused the applications, stating that the development would have an adverse impact on the openness, character and appearance of the countryside and Area of Special County Value.
Sutton Parish Council objected to the development on the grounds that the proposed access off Hollin Lane is close to a blind bend and is likely to present a danger to other road users.
The access arrangements within the site and buildings for sanitary facilities were considered to be inappropriate within the green belt and thought to have a detrimental visual impact upon the natural landscape.
Councillors thought the use of the site for holiday accommodation would be ‘an unacceptable blot’ on the landscape when viewed from the popular Gritstone Trail and other paths and bridleways in the area. ●● ROCK, blues and folk musicians are tuning up for a special mini festival in the village.
Bands have signed up for the festival which is taking place at Sutton St James Scout Hut on Saturday, October 3, from 7.30pm to 11.30pm. Tickets are available from 01565 734066.