Car­a­van park to ex­pand following ap­proval

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

Di­vi­sive plans to ex­pand an Aberdeen­shire car­a­van park have been given the go-ahead.

Cloak Car­a­van Park in Cat­ter­line sought to ex­tend its site by 4,900sq m and in­crease the num­ber of car­a­vans on site from 46 to a po­ten­tial 63.

The pro­posal split opin­ion in the lo­cal area.

Sup­port­ers said an in­creased num­ber of vis­i­tors to the town would ben­e­fit lo­cal traders, while oth­ers wrote about their “des­per­a­tion and de­spair” over lit­ter con­cerns and the im­pact of traf­fic on small coun­try roads.

Yes­ter­day, coun­cil­lors on the Kin­car­dine and Mearns area com­mit­tee de­bated the mat­ter be­fore de­cid­ing unan­i­mously to grant per­mis­sion.

Dur­ing the dis­cus­sion, coun­cil­lor Ge­orge Carr ques­tioned how large ve­hi­cles would af­fect the “very nar­row” bridge at Cat­ter­line.

Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil’s plan­ning of­fi­cer Ge­orge Spence re­as­sured him the car­a­van park’s own­ers were “very strict” with in­struct­ing pa­trons to take other routes in.

And fel­low Mearns coun­cil­lor Jeff Hutchi­son added: “This is the third time the park has been ex­tended.

“If they had asked for 64 in the start, I don’t think they would ever have got it.”

Nonethe­less, ap­proval was granted.

Last night the car­a­van park’s owner Lindsay Soutar said he was “very pleased” he would be able to wel­come more hol­i­day­mak­ers to the re­gion.

He added: “The de­ci­sion went just as we wanted it to.

“I am very pleased – and we cer­tainly hope this can help lo­cal busi­nesses.”

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