Green belt land use is justified, campsite team says

The city planners overseeing the development of a new camping and caravan site in the Sheffield countryside say there are "exceptional circumstances" which justify its controversial placement, caravantimes.co.uk reports.

The scheme has been met with opposition from local environmental groups which say that the council should refuse permission on the grounds that the facility would be built on green belt land. Planners have scaled down the original plans in an attempt to reach a compromise, however.

The first proposals to be submitted detailed a large campsite with space for up to 70 touring caravans. Now the team behind the project are hoping to reach an agreement for a smaller camping space with 31 caravan pitches.

According to sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk, the council believes that the new, revised plans are much more suitable and that a suggested buffer strip would limit the environmental impact.

A spokesperson added: "The seasonal characteristics of camping would mean that there would be periods of very low activity on the site and during times of no camping, that part of the site would revert back to grazing."

The proposals have already received the support of local tourism officials at Welcome to Yorkshire, as well as the Country Land and Business Association. Those in favour say the facility will help to encourage more people to holiday in the area.