It was resolved that the development be Withdrawn

I am writing to inform you, that the application has been considered by this Authority, and on 17th May 2024 it was resolved that the Development be Withdrawn!

A copy of the decision is available for inspection via the Council’s website at the following address.
Website: http://www.southkesteven.gov.uk/planning-building-control Application No format: S24/0270
Alternatively, if you do not have access to the internet at home, you may view the applications using the public computers at the following location;

Customer Services, Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peters Hill, Grantham By appointment – please call 01476 406080 Yours faithfully Adam Murray Principal Development Management Planner 17th May 2024 Reference No: S24/0270. Location: Land At, Sedgebrook Road, Woolsthorpe By Belvoir Grantham NG32 1NU

Large opposition to campsite planning 

Latest update Campsite planning near Belvoir Castle caravan motorhome club opposition against this planning from councils and parish councils over 63 local businesses, farmers, horse riders, walkers, cyclists, pedestrians and more. See the latest update of people opposing this planning application. The Vale of Belvoir says NO!

Lincolnshire County Council and others join battle over Caravan and Motorhome Club’s plan for caravan and glamping site near Belvoir Castle in Grantham

Why was this application put forward?

Objections from most of the surrounding parish councils, Melton Borough Council and now the Lincolnshire County Council’s highways team have recommended that the plans be refused. Along with 63 plus other local businesses and residents who have sent out a clear message there is no room for a campsite on this scale! This is mainly because of health and safety issues the proposal seemed to ignore what was being said and would miss lead traffic increases.

Following the story with Lincsonline

Talking to Lincs online

  • In the latest addition to the story
  • The highway authority has serious concerns that visitors to the site
  • They may not follow this routing plan
  • Visitors may enter the site from the north through choice or following navigation systems
  • Lanes to the north of the site are narrow, have sharp bends, and very few passing places
  • Suffering from overrun the highways at LCC are very concerned about the safety of current road users in the area

A planning application from the Caravan and Motorhome Club

Following a meeting in the Woolshorpe by Belvoir church locals pointed out all of these dangers to the likes of residents on Sedgebrook Road this would increase traffic using surrounding roads, including the A52 and A1 and highlight the accident black spots at Bottesford and Muston turn-offs. Also affected are safety concerns around horse riders, walkers, cyclists, children’s play area in Woolsthorpe by Belvoir village and pedestrians in the area. Local farmers pointed out seasonal and daily activities on the local roads, with issues happening even now let alone adding to the problems. As well as the suitability of Sedgebrook Road, noted for being particularly narrow, cars and tractors are already having difficulty to pass.

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Planning reference South Kesteven planning S24/0270

Searches on Google and Bing “Accidents at Bottesford A52 crossroads”

  • Looking back at what we said this is a “recipe for disaster
  • Another bad accident just this month
  • Look at how traffic is re-routed
  • Reporters at various publications are taking up the story
  • Locals have not and do not believe that a plan of this size is ever going to work

The public comments stand today 11th April 2024

  • 54 objections all documented and pointing out what the parish council know is correct

  • 1 for a camper who believes the Sedgbrook Road is wide enough for motorhomes and campervans

Campsite planning near Belvoir Castle Caravan Motorhome Club seeks permission to create a 150-pitch strong campsite and glamping park near Belvoir Castle. South Kesteven District Council has received a planning application for the extension of a caravan site at Sedgebrook Road in Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, just outside of Grantham. We have been asked for our opinion by residents and that includes our own opinion. We will display the latest information that we feel is relevant to the planning application. We were told at a recent meeting that Belvoir Castle has provided the site and is offering a 40-year lease to the Caravan and Motorhome club on the site involved.

Vale Parishes Group

The latest count on the South Kesteven planning website with all the latest comments and objections listed and found under

  • Ref S24/0270

Vale Parishes group “VPG” has been established by Lincolnshire & Leicestershire Parish Councils namely:

  • Barkestone
  • Plungar and Redmile
  • Stathern
  • Belvoir
  • Woolsthorpe
  • Denton
  • Eaton
  • Bottesford & Muston
  • Croxton
  • Kerrial Parish

Look at what they have sent and the reasons why they have come to this conclusion

  • No net gain for the community
  • A significant accumulative burden
  • A material impact on the road network and traffic for the entire area

The Vale Parishes Group strongly recommends that this application be refused

Vale Parishes Group (VPG) Council objectives

  • Work with the relevant statutory bodies
  • Local authorities
  • Companies
  • Groups
  • Events managers
  • Organisers of events
  • Activities and Developments
  • that will likely impact a wide area
  • including communities in the Vale of Belvoir and surrounding locations.
  • The intention is to ensure that these activities are;
  • Sustainable well-managed and reasonable
  • Ensure that everyone can continue to enjoy the Vale for the long term
  • VPG will also seek to liaise with their communities and ensure all parties benefit.

The reality is accidents do happen on the A52 to often

The A52 at the Muston, Bottesford, Stenwith and Belvoir Castle turnoffs have long been ones to avoid. They are a constant concern, especially at Bank holidays, when concerts and events occur at Belvoir Castle. The traffic is virtually continuous. and as they say, accidents happen. In the worst events, the traffic has to be re-routed through narrow lanes and villages like Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, Redmile, Stenwith, Sedgbrook, Bottesford and onto Belvoir, Denton and Knipton. None of the villages can cope with any different formats of travel and transport, Motorhomes, Caravans, and Campervans won’t manage to navigate many of the twists and turns that will follow the Sat Nav system and end up making things even more difficult.

This is no April Fool’s joke on the 1st of April 20024 the A52 in both directions was closed due to accident investigation work between the Redmile turn-off (Bottesford) and Castle View Road (Easthorpe). This is a typical bank holiday accident and looking back this is becoming a real issue to think the campsite will add to this problem.

Remaining comments South Kesteven Planning objections

There has been a great response from local people and those affected by this planning application; there is a lot to think about at work, school or leisure time with your family and friends this area is popular and the one in favour of the plan is from many miles away in Hampshire.

I think that says it all. On the South Kesteven website as of the 30th March, we have 43 objections and one supporting. Thank you to all who have taken the time to dig deep for those facts. Many objections have come from people who know the area very well. As I have said there are always two sides to consider, however, I will draw your attention to the only one saying yes;

Concern over plans for Caravan and Motorhome Club site near Belvoir Castle

It is important to understand what they are saying but the two articles in the BBC News and Lincsonline that this is a real story of how planning can be exploited and even misunderstood. As they say, the devil is in the details and it would appear to be real concerns are about those details.

South Kesteven Planning objections updates

One comment to say yes supporting the application

The one “yes” vote to date is on the South Kesteven planning website. Public comments are currently running at 44 against 1. I accept that everyone can vote but Hook in Hampshire hardly shows they have ever visited the area “Sedgbrook Road looks suitable for motorhomes and campervans” This comment, I think is far from the truth as they would soon recognise that the locals with vast experience and knowledge counts.

  • As a user of campsites for leisure, I very much support this application.
  • Many people use campsites for leisure the facts are many people look at health and safety issues first
  • Caravan and motorhome club sites are well-run
  • Other sites than the caravan and motorhome clubs are also well-run
  • Easy access to cycling and walking routes also makes the location attractive
  • National Cycle Network routes 15 and 64 pass by the proposed caravan site near the Dirty Duck pub Woolsthorpe.
  • The NCN routes would both be affected by the additional traffic that this development would bring
  • Once parked up on site, many users will use bikes to travel around.
  • We have no cycle tracks so people with children and older cyclists will find it difficult 
  • In their experience, campsite users will spend considerable sums of money in the local area
  • Where is the business plan to support this?
  • There is one fish and chip shop, one Chinese and two shops, one restaurant in Bottesford crossing the A52 has been warned this is a recipe for disaster
  • EG Hospitality and visitor attractions.
  • Belvoir Castle is the obvious nearby attraction
  • The Castle is 2.8 miles on road by foot
  • One pub in Woolsthorpe by Belvoir the Chequers
  • I am sure this site would attract customers year-round
  • To date that is not the case we have never seen more than  four on the site
  • Sedgebrook Road looks suitable for access by caravans and motorhomes
  • They have never walked, cycled, or driven a motorhome campervan or caravan on this road

Help understand the implications every vote counts 

So, it is not every day your opinion is sought but this would appear to be what’s on the agenda. We all want to see more things happening to help the environment and provide for better leisure activities. There has to be a happy medium to balance what is good and what is not. Here we have a classic case of not understanding the needs of both the environment and safety issues of such a proposal.

Have your say follow the link

The link above takes you to the South Kesteven Council planning department website they are handling those in favour and those objecting. There are currently 25 0bjections and none in favour as of 20 March 2024. Is Belvoir Castle involved? It would appear that other than what has been said at the recent meeting it is the caravan and motorhome club applying for planning permission and change of use. If you have something to say about this planning permission application then by all means let us know this motorhome blog can help with information and like us provide an opinion online. There are two sides to the story and people are concerned about health and safety issues others concerned about wildlife are unfolding.

There are affiliated sites at Newark, approximately 15 miles away from Woolsthorpe by Belvoir and advertised on the Caravan and Motorhome Club website. Milestone Caravan Park. The Motorhome and Caravan Club website states that Milestone Caravan Park is nestled on the outskirts of the small village of Cromwell. This is 5 miles from Newark on Trent and is easily accessible from the A1. Milestone Caravan Park is ideally situated in a good location. Why then the need for a further caravan park in Woolsthorpe by Belvoir?

Who are the Caravan and Motorhome Club?

The Caravan and Motorhome Club are an organisation representing caravan and motorhome users in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was founded in 1907 and now represents nearly one million members (caravanners, motorhomes and campervanners). They have many sites and have stated at a recent meeting that this new site has a lot of demand and the existing small site has had bookings;

  • Ask the caravan and motorhome club a question
  • We have not seen any evidence of the current site ever having more than four leisure vehicles on site
  • The existing people running the Rutland Arms may be able to identify bookings
  • To describe it as an extension of what it is today does not make sense
  • There is talk of the area benefiting financially where is the business plan?
  • Other plans for a nearby site have been turned down

S24/0270 details of the application are on the South Kesteven planning application page

  • Alternative Reference PP-11934743
  • Application Received Mon 19 Feb 2024
  • Application Validated Mon 26 Feb 2024

Address Land Sedgebrook Road Woolsthorpe By Belvoir Grantham NG32 1NU

Proposal change of use of land to form a Camping and Caravan Site comprising 140 touring and motorhome pitches, 15 glamping units, and 10 tent pitches; with associated reception building, toilet block, staff accommodation and play areas; and formation of new access. There are 48 documents associated with this application.

Motorhomes and Campervans our background 

Having lived in Woolsthorpe by Belvoir for over 33 years, we know the area well. Using our website and social media platforms, we promote motorhomes, caravans and campervan sales promoting lead generation for our clients. This has led to running the motorhomescampervans.net website for over nine years, focusing on motorhomes and campervans. The website is used to promote bespoke dealers and help first-time buyers find leisure vehicles. We have promoted motorhome and campervan rentals and stayovers as well.

Motorhomes Campervans
Woolsthorpe by Belvoir
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Contact motorhomes campervans email

info@motorhomescampervans.net  

We have concerns about the size of the operation being proposed

As you can see we have extensive knowledge of logistics, especially motorhomes and campervans. We have read the planning application put before the South Kesteven Council. We understand how this will impact everyone involved.

  • The size of the site and its environmental impact are equally important as are the safety issues
  • Large leisure vehicles approaching the campsite on county lanes will have consequences
  • The campervans, caravans, and pedestrian access along Sedgebrook Road are of concern
  • There is no cycle track in place other than the one-yard-wide pavement
  • Footpaths are close by off Segbrook Roar and need access for walkers
  • Horses and children on ponies use Sedgebrook Road leading down Duck Lane
  • Cycling clubs and individual cyclists are seen virtually every day all using Sedgebrook Road
  • Safety issues and the size of leisure vehicles coming and going at all hours again are a concern

Access to proposed campsite motorhomes and campervans

Currently, things continue daily and anyone can see single traffic barely gets by passing tractors. Large 4x4s, delivery vans and cars on the daily school run let alone adding motorhomes, campervans and caravans to negotiate. It is about creating a safer environment and access to safer roads not making it worse and more risky by the day life and work will go on.

  • Walk the path and if a tractor comes along then you have to stand aside
  • The same will happen to motorhomes and campervans
  • Passing pedestrians and walking clubs will be affected
  • Many cycle cubs use the road, especially at weekends
  • Horses and ponies with children used the road to access the Grantham canal

Increasing the traffic using the country lanes will not work

Motorhomes are not small vehicles in fact if you look at C Class and A Class with mirrors extended they can be wider than you think. A motorhome’s dimensions are not allowed to exceed the following specifications: Length: 12.5 metres. Width: 2.5 metres. Height: 4.3 metres. C Class and B Class are popular alongside caravans and campers Most leisure owners have extras fitted such as bike racks and luggage racks making them longer when the family bikes are attached even longer.

  • What happens when two motorhomes meet?
  • Caravans Motorhomes Campervans as well as campers in cars need access
  • The size is increased and this is going to be restrictive and dangerous
  • Some houses on Segbrook Road have only one parking space so which makes it even worse
  • Rosy Row and Main Street residents have to park outside their property on the roadside
  • Motorhomes have large wing mirrors and if pedestrians are walking by there is little room
  • Entrance to the Rutland’s arms down Duck Lane is two small
  • Sedbrook Road as with the road from Muston is two small
  • Crossing the Grantham Canal at Stenwith in a motorhome is virtually impossible
  • Two A-Class will not fit with other models C Class are again  a problem
  • This will cause traffic problems especially if they venture into the village by mistake
  • There is little room for turning the School and single-decker “centre Buses” passing through the village
  • How would a fire engine or ambulance negotiate to get to the site?

There are plenty of reasons to seek out other people’s views

Motorhomes are not small vehicles in fact if you look at C Class and A Class with mirrors extended they can be wider than you think. A motorhome’s dimensions can vary depending on the model Length: 12.5 metres. Width: 2.5 metres. Height: 4.3 metres. C Class and B Class are popular alongside caravans and campers. Most leisure owners have extras fitted such as bike racks and luggage racks making them longer when the family bikes are attached even longer.

  • What happens when two motorhomes meet?
  • Caravans Motorhomes Campervans as well as campers in cars need access
  • The size is increased and this is going to be restrictive and dangerous
  • Some houses on Segbrook Road have only one parking space so which makes it even worse
  • Rosy Row and Main Street residents have to park outside their property on the roadside
  • Motorhomes have large wing mirrors and if pedestrians are walking by there is little room
  • Entrance to the Rutland’s arms down Duck Lane is two small
  • Sedbrook Road as with the road from Muston is two small
  • Crossing the Grantham Canal at Stenwith in a motorhome is virtually impossible
  • Two A-Class will not fit with other models C Class are again  a problem
  • This will cause traffic problems especially if they venture into the village by mistake
  • There is little room for turning the School and single-decker “centre Buses” passing through the village
  • How would a fire engine or ambulance negotiate to get to the site?

There are plenty of reasons to seek out other people’s views

The effect on wildlife close to the Grantham Canal

The effect on wildlife I have emailed Wildlife Lincolnshire and sought an opinion they said they were not aware of such a project and were going look The site proposal would see an abundance of wildlife disturbed from Badgers, Foxes, Hares, Rabbits, Squrals, stotes, Ducks, Kink Fisher’s multitude of songbirds on the adjacent Grantham canal. Common grass snakes and adders are known to be seen and a full report would help identify any endangered species.

  • The effect on wildlife needs more research
  • We have emailed Wildlife Trust Lincolnshire and sought an opinion
  • They said they were not aware of such a project and were going to look into it
  • Conservation Officer Ashley Reaney, MBio (Hons), PhD Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

If we look at a car and caravan they will vary in length width and height below is typical the size of the different ranges of motorhomes and travel trailers. The size of motorhomes is restricted in the UK you can’t register one more than 12 metres long and 2.55 metres wide. The measurements don’t include driving mirrors, rear bumpers, lamps, or reflectors.

What is the length and width of a motorhome?

The typical length of a Class C motorhome is approximately 28 feet, with a width of 8 feet, providing more space for passengers and storage. Some models, like the Freelander 31MB, can even reach up to 32 feet in length, 10.8 feet in height, and 8.5 feet in width.

What size are motorhomes in the UK?

A motorhome is registered in the UK cannot be more than 12 metres long and 2.55 metres wide unless it has an Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) certificate. A vehicle with an IVA can have a maximum width of 2.6 metres.

Measurements don’t include driving mirrors rear bumpers lamps or reflectors

Conclusion how to resolve the issues?

In conclusion, it would appear that many people, especially residents who live on Sedgbrook Road and tenants who access the old hunt stables along with parking in the village will cause additional congestion. We have recognised the fact that what we say about motorhome and caravan traffic is going to directly affect their everyday family activities.

  • Be it cutting the grass on the front or tending the front borders
  • Taking the car out for the school run and back to collecting
  • The children on a bike ride are going to be restricted.
  • The fact that we have a village play area will be of concern as it is in the village close to the main crossroads.

There are other concerns if you are to cater for a fully occupied campsite then what is the entertainment going to be? The Chequers pub in Woolsthorpe by Belvoir village relies on access from the village and whilst offering a good menu will the campers visit?

  • Will they find a parking space? Not with a motorhome
  • We think that many will be disappointed about access to the Chequers

For and against have your say 

We don’t know why they have not placed it nearer the engine yard where it would have good access to the;

  • A52 Nottingham
  • A1 Grantham and Stamford
  • A46 Newark and Leicester

This would have been an ideal parking place and provide footfall to the Engine room and Belvoir Castle providing the ideal views and extra things to do all in one place.

Woolsthorpe by Belvoir Parish Council comprises the following personnel position contact details

  • Clerk Mrs Janet Morton T: 07740 055381 E: clerk@woolsthorpepc.org.uk
  • Chair Councillor Christopher McCallion E:Cllr.packer@woolsthorpepc.org.uk
  • Vice-Chair Councillor Stephanie Remzi E:CllrRemzi@woolsthorpepc.org.uk
  • Member Councillor Michael Bradshaw E:CllrBradshaw@woolsthorpepc.org.uk

South Kesteven District Council

  • Councillor Pam Bosworth SKDC webpage
  • Councillor Rob Leadenham SKDC webpage
  • Councillor Mark Whittington SKDC webpage Lincolnshire County Council

History of the old site did it have planning?

We have been looking at many articles about the planning applications for motorhome and campsites. The caravan and motorhome club have sought permission to create a 150-pitch strong campsite and glamping park near Belvoir Castle.

  • They refer to an extension of a caravan site at Sedgebrook Road in Woolsthorpe by Belvoir
  • This extension does not take in that it is on Duck Lane, not Sedgebrook road
  • It is hardly an extension!  never full!
  • It is for a nearly 10-hectare development
  • That would host 140 touring caravan and motorhome pitches 15 glamping units and 10 camping pitches
  • It would be within walking distance of the popular attraction Belvoir Castle 2.8 miles

Presentation and meetings campsite Woolsthorpe by Belvoir

Having attended the last meeting with the caravan and motorhome club presenting to residents questions and answers progress was somewhat slow. We think the whole approach of all the objections is to look at a way to help promote online, draw attention to the key issues, and look at all other caravan and motorhome issues that will develop and unfold. We contacted the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and are delighted they are looking at a;

HOLDING OBJECTION

Whilst the latest meeting inviting villagers to attend questions and answers of the proposal this seemed to be owners and no tenants. Making sure that everyone has a say in this important proposal has to be the responsibility of the parish council. Everyone in the Vale of Belvoir needs to be kept up to date, not just residents of Woolsthorpe Belvoir This is a proposal that we need to understand what it is like to drive large leisure vehicles down country lanes. The cost of damage just by running into another motorhome set of wing mirrors.

Updating news and objections

We will be updating our pages daily below. Because there are some real issues of traffic not just using Sedgebrook Road the real danger is having traffic coming towards Woolsthorpe, Stenwith and Muston and still using the A52 turn-offs. Coming via Muston and Sedgbrook this for cars is dangerous let alone motorhomes caravans and campervans. Allowing leisure vehicles down these roads is a recipe for disaster.

Things discovered from meetings

Several things have come to light following the meetings most people attend at short notice. The more things are looked into not fully answered;

  • No discussion with the villagers
  • Planning turned down for travellers on adjacent land
  • Does the existing site have planning permission?
  • Is the Rutland arms a listed building?
  • What does the Grantham Canal have to say?
  • Automatic Traffic Counter ATC carried out in 1st to 7th November 2022
  • ATC result 42.5 mph  45.8 mph
  • 30 mph speed limit
  • Motorhome dimensions for discussion
  • The old hunt stables access to Sedgbrook Road
  • Cycling and walking clubs using Sedgbrook Road
  • Horses and Ponies using Sedgbrook Road
  • Footpath access
  • Sewage Capabilities
  • Issues with using the long lane from Denton
  • Agricultural access
  • Holding objection Wildlife Trust