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Leisure park owner’s proposal to use whole site to station caravans rejected

Street view of Penyfan Caravan Park (Pic: Google)

PLANNING officers in Caerphilly have rejected a leisure park owner’s attempts to secure more freedom to choose where he can station his caravans.

Graham Davies, who runs Penyfan Caravan Park, between Manmoel and Oakdale, sought council approval “that 152 static caravans can be stationed on all the land” within the boundary of his premises.

A supporting statement by Laister Planning shows the site contains “evidence of land used for static caravans, touring caravans, caravan storage… camping pods, play areas, dining and pub facilities, [a] shop, and amenity spaces”.

Boundary map showing where Penyfan Caravan Park wanted to site caravans (Pic: Araco)

The park is currently permitted to have 152 static caravans for “holiday use” in certain locations, and the new application was for a Lawful Development Certificate allowing the owner to station those caravans across his land generally.

But planning officers at Caerphilly County Borough Council rejected Mr Davies’ application because they “cannot be certain… how and where the applicant is intending to station” the caravans.

“Moreover, given the ambiguity of the description of the proposed use, this could be interpreted as the siting of up to 152 static caravans in addition to the existing layout of structures and buildings within the leisure park,” council planners said when making their decision.