Road safety fears over Snettisham caravan park plan

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Parish councillors have objected to the proposal for Snettisham Park, on Bircham Road, Snettisham, even though they support the principle of it, because of their fears over traffic.

But West Norfolk Council’s planning committee has been urged to approve the scheme when it meets on Monday.

Applicants Stanton Farms Ltd are seeking permission to turn the yard into a holiday accommodation area containing six wooden camping pods and almost 80 caravan and camping pitches.

The scheme also includes communal barbecue and play areas, a shop and washing facilities.

The developers say the proposal would help to sustain the family farm and provide added accommodation which is in “high demand” from tourists.

Documents submitted as part of the application added: “The applicant’s father has operated a tourist attraction for many years without any highway problems being created.

“In previous years Snettisham Park attracted many more visitors than it does now, therefore indicating there is capacity for more vehicles to use the entrance.”

But parish councillors maintain that traffic problems have already been identified following the rejection of plans for a solar farm off Bircham Road earlier this year.

Then, county Highways officials recommended that traffic should be diverted away from the village altogether and access the site from Bircham.

And the parish authority said: “We would recommend a similar approach and the use of signage to prevent caravans coming through the village at all, and all site literature and reservations making this clear.

“There is great risk to pedestrians given that there is no footway on the road. There is also considerable equine activity in the area.”

The council also maintains other potential access routes are unrealistic for touring caravans to negotiate. More than 50 individual objections, many raising similar concerns, have also been submitted.

But the applicants have pointed out that large vehicles are able to access an existing camping area adjacent to its own site without any problems.

And roads officers say they have no objection to the proposal, subject to the developers undertaking work to widen part of Bircham Road.