Holiday camp plans defended by landowners

A COUPLE who have a pending planning application to convert an 11-acre patch of land in Riddings into a caravan and camping park say nearby residents have nothing to fear.

Elaine Whiting, 58, from Kirkby-in-Ashfield and her husband John, 61, own the Greenbelt site but faced strong objection when they applied to convert the grassland into a spot for 150 static and touring caravans last year. But Elaine says the current application, for a holiday park housing space for a mix of 75 touring caravans and tents is much different.

She said: “There are going to be no permanent buildings on there and no static caravans this time and we plan to be open for 10 months rather than 12. Anyone holidaying there can only stay for 28 days so there is no chance of anyone staying longer.”

Elaine feels the site would bring valuable tourist trade into the area and would be well screened from view of any nearby residents.

They have submitted an application to Amber Valley Borough Council to be consider later.