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Enforcement against Hawes caravan site

The unauthorised development at Bainbridge Ings Caravan and Campsite

Bainbridge Ings Caravan and Campsite just outside of Hawes is to be served an enforcement notice, after new owners installed “wholly alien features within the landscape”.

Planning permission had been granted for a small circle of curved pods, which would have echoed the site’s former main use as a tented camp site.

However, pods of a larger size and with a completely different design, style and form have been installed.

The Planning Committee today refused a retrospective planning application and voted in favour of serving an enforcement notice. The notice will require the removal of the unauthorised pods and all fences and hard-standings associated with them.  The period for compliance will be three months.

The planning officer’s report on the development at Bainbridge Ings said:   “The pods appear as wholly alien features within the landscape that detract from the appearance of the site and the immediate area. They have no reference or sympathy with local building traditions or natural features within the area.”

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Member, John Blackie, who is also chairman of Hawes and High Abbotside Parish Council, told the meeting that the pods which had been installed were “abominations”.

Bainbridge Ings Caravan and Campsite, lies to the south of Gayle Lane approximately half a mile from the centre of Gayle, to the east of the village. It is a long established caravan and camping site which includes areas for tents, static caravans and touring caravans.

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