Caravan park to expand following approval
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.”