PLANNING permission for two campsites has been given by the Peak District National Park Authority.
A new seasonal campsite is to be created at Hazel Barrow Farm, Upperhulme, near Leek.
It will provide 13 tent pitches for climbers, cyclists and walkers to stay in the area.
This small-scale development involves some landscaping improvement, the conversion of two stone buildings to create holiday accommodation and a shower/toilet block. Several dilapidated outbuildings of no “architectural importance” will also be demolished to tidy up the site.
Neighbouring residents raised concerns at the planning meeting as they felt that the campsite would damage the quiet enjoyment of the open moorland, and that opportunities for economic growth at this site did not outweigh the importance of its wild landscape setting.
In approving the application, Councillor Lesley Roberts, chairman of the Peak District National Park Authority’s planning committee said: “We have allowed a small number of tents at Hazel Barrow Farm to limit the campsite’s visual impact and, to protect wildlife, no camping will be allowed during the bird breeding season from March 8 to July 25.” A camping and caravan site at the Bull i’th’ Thorn pub, next to the A515 Buxton to Ashbourne road, near Flagg, also gained permission.
This allows for change of use of agricultural land to accommodate 10 caravans and up to 30 tents in the summer season, and up to 10 tents or caravans between October 31 and March 31.
Local people had expressed concerns about noise from the campsite.
The planning committee responded to this by applying extra conditions to control nuisance noise – amplified music will not be allowed outside at any time and no music will be allowed on the campground after 11pm.
Councillor Roberts said: “In approving both developments we have put in place conditions that address local people’s concerns and that on balance will improve these sites in the national park landscape.
“These campsites will benefit staying visitors and help support the local economy.”