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Coastal erosion forces Trimingham Caravan Park owners to apply to move caravans away from cliff edge

09:00 22 March 2014

Trimingham Caravan Park.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Trimingham Caravan Park. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

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A north Norfolk caravan park has become the latest victim of coastal erosion and has been forced to edge back from the cliff.

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The owners of Trimingham Caravan Park in Gimingham applied for planning permission to relocate 16 vans close to the cliff edge, and 10 caravans from sister-park Sea View Caravan Park at East Runton.

North Norfolk District Council decided to give officers delegated powers to agree the application, meaning the park could soon be extended across the road into the neighbouring field.

It is allowed as part of the council’s roll-back policy, which allows like-for-like planning permission for properties at risk from coastal erosion.

Gimingham Parish Council was originally opposed to the move, but withdrew its objection before the meeting on Thursday.

Colin Page, vice chairman of the council, said he was concerned about the additional caravans from the nearby park.

Mr Page said: “We believed the caravans on the site in danger would be moved in land.

“We did not believe the policy meant you could move from one place to another.”

He also expressed concern about landscaping surrounding the development.

It is the second holiday business forced move away from the crumbling cliffs. The owner of Manor Caravan Park in Happisburgh is facing opposition to his park’s proposed move into the village.

The park, which has already lost metres of land to the galloping erosion, is up against nearby homeowners who do not want the site to move close to the village school and neighbouring houses.

Is your house at risk from coastal erosion? Email sabah.meddings@archant.co.uk

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