Scarborough caravan park submits revised expansion plans after first application rejected over impact on nearby kennels

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A caravan park’s expansion plans that were stopped in their tracks by a pack of St Bernard dogs are set to be brought back once more.

Parkdean Resorts at Cayton Bay Holiday Park was forced to pull its planned 126-caravan expansion in 2018 after Scarborough Council planning officers raised concerns over its impact on a nearby kennels.

The area of land South West of Mill Lane in Cayton borders a property, Alma Farm Cottage, which is used as a home for more than a dozen St Bernards.

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Now, Parkdean Resorts has returned with a new, revised application, with 122 caravans and changes to the layout of the site.

The plans for expansion.The plans for expansion.
The plans for expansion.

Its application notes that the distance to Alma Farm College from the nearest caravan has been doubled from 25m to 50m.

The application adds: “The impact of the new development to the existing holiday park and surrounding area will not only be seen as a major investment in the area, but also as a general enhancement of the holiday park.

“The development will provide a vibrant and socially inviting facility for the holiday park guests.”

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The owner of the Alma Farm Cottage, Diane Deuchar Fawcett, has objected to the revised scheme.

In her objection, she states that she chose the site to use as a Kennel Club-approved breeding location in 1980 due to the lack of neighbours.

She added: “One of the reasons I chose to buy my property is because big dogs do bark, and they start to bark from around 7am when they are let out each morning.

“This barking will undoubtedly disturb the new caravan residents should the new site be positioned, as is proposed, in such close proximity to my property and to the runs and kennels where the dogs live.

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“I suggest that, should this application be successful, the caravans are situated further away from my property to minimise disturbance from my dogs.”

When Scarborough Council planning officers considered the original application they concluded that there was a “fundamental incompatibility” between the expansion site and the kennels.

The plans are now out to consultation.