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Controversial campsite scheme set for go-ahead

Deer at Snettisham Park. Picture: Ian Burt

Deer at Snettisham Park. Picture: Ian Burt

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Visitors to Snettisham Park in west Norfolk might soon be able to extend their "life on a farm" experience by staying there, should a controversial proposal to build a campsite get the go-ahead.

The application for a change of use from livery yard to camping at the site in Bircham Road is recommended for approval by West Norfolk Council’s planning committee on Monday.

The park, which has been providing farming experiences for families for nearly three decades, has been visited by the Duchess of Cambridge and her son Prince George, who live at nearby Anmer Hall.

The application is being supported by Trevor Walters, chairman of Discover West Norfolk, which promotes the area, who said: “There is a need for more holiday accommodation in the Snettisham and Hunstan-ton area. This would hopefully help address some of that shortage. West Norfolk is becoming an increasingly popular destination for visitors.”

The application was submitted by the owners of Snettisham Park, Stanton Farms Ltd, and a supporting statement says “the proposed change of use will provide an added attraction in this already popular location, providing a boost to the local economy as well as an opportunity to link accommodation with the farm park.”

The proposed site is on a small area of grassed fields currently used for grazing horses.

While the borough council’s officers are supporting the application, Snettisham parish councillors have objected to the proposal, because of fears over traffic, and more than 50 individuals have objected with similar concerns.

One of the objectors, Ben Curtis said on West Norfolk Council’s online planning website that “one of the major selling points for this area is its quietness and safety.

“I have concerns over the safety of the children in the area if this application were to go ahead.

“The proposed works will have a detrimental effect on the value of my property, reducing its desirability, reducing privacy and increasing noise and disruption from passing traffic”.

Are you objecting to the proposal recommended for approval at Monday’s meeting? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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