Planning approval sought for changes made at Dales holiday park

Planning permission is being sought for changes made at a Yorkshire Dales holiday park.

An application has been submitted for approval for work at Aysgarth Lodges, in Wensleydale, including the use of a caravan as a reception building and a lighting plan for the park.

The application is retrospective as the work has already been carried out.

Documents submitted with the application state regarding the reception building: “It is considered that (the) unit is modestly sized and provides adequate space in which to conduct the day to day operations required by office/reception functions for holiday lodge park.

“The unit fully complies with the statutory definition of a caravan and therefore reflects the form of the holiday lodges located on the site.”

Earlier this year, local parish councillors raised concerns about light pollution coming from the site at night.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority said at the time that the authority had received complaints from local people about external lighting at the holiday park.

The park authority said the complaints were being investigated by a planning enforcement officer.

Regarding the lighting scheme, the documents from park owners Leisure Resorts state: “The type of lighting provided on site is low-level lighting which will prevent unnecessary light pollution in this sensitive environment.

“The location of individual lights has been selected in order to provide light and therefore safe passage for customers accessing and egressing their holiday units and moving around the site during the evening and early morning when natural light levels are low.

“Every effort has been made to minimise the number of lighting bollards used whilst providing a safe and usable environment.

For details on the application, click here.