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Shropshire villagers: New caravan site would be 'accident waiting to happen'

By Rob Smith | Market Drayton | Politics | Published:

A new caravan site would be 'an accident waiting to happen', Shropshire villagers have warned.

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A developer wants to replace two log cabins with 11 static caravans at the Links Holiday Lodges at Hinstock, between Market Drayton and Newport, and residents have objected on safety grounds.

Planning consultants Townscape made the application to install the caravans on behalf of D & D Culligan.

Louise Poole wrote: "It would be unsafe to add to the amount of traffic on Ellerton Road. All other roads leading to this site are also single track roads. There are a significant amount of black skid marks along Ellerton Road towards the proposed site turning.

"The road through the old village alongside St Oswald's Church is already falling away and causing a hazard to those turning off the Chester Road. More vehicles will simply add to this danger.

"It would be unsafe to encourage non-residents who are not local and do not know the dangers of the local road to walk down Ellerton Road to use the local amenities with no footpath and no street lamps."

Rose Carter, who has lived in the village for 34 years, said the village was already over-developed and that traffic, especially from delivery lorries, made the site unsafe for walkers on the nearby roads with national speed limits.

She has arranged a petition which she said 40 householders have already signed.

She said: "It's on a bend – as you come round the bend then the entrance is right there on your left. You can see an accident waiting to happen.

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"My daughter lives two-tenths of a mile down the road from here, my son doesn't like me walking down the road to my daughter's because it's not safe with the amount of lorries that come down.

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"Why do they have to leave it until an accident has happened that they say a road is unsafe?"

A statement by Jason Kennedy of Townscape laid out the proposals.

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It said: "The works proposed are for the replacement of the existing two log cabins and replacement with a total of 11 static caravans, a small office building, internal access layout, play area, amenity area and modified access.

"The existing access to the site will be modified to provide safe access and designed in accordance with relevant highways guidance.

"The proposed static caravans will be located along the eastern and southern boundaries of the field with the nearest static caravan being located eight metres from the edge of the highway and 60 metres from the nearest residential property, No.1 The Yelves.

"A number of semi-detached properties are located on the opposite side of the field to the west, although the nearest dwelling, No.6 Links Green, is located approximately 160 metres away.

"The professional assessments and reports undertaken, together with this statement, setting out the planning context and justification demonstrates that the proposal is acceptable in terms of planning policy, environmental, highway and drainage considerations.

"In addition, the proposed site layout and density has been developed using good national practice guidance and adherence to Shropshire Council caravan site licence conditions."

Shropshire Council will make a decision on the plans after the consultation period expires on August 26.

Rob Smith

By Rob Smith
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Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based at Ketley in Telford.

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