A CARAVAN park has been given permission to open all the year round.
Planning officers at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council have approved an application by Tom Burnside for the use of land at Cheddleton as a holiday caravan and camping park on a year round basis for up to 100 holiday units.
The holiday units at Clencote Caravan Park in Station Road will include static and touring caravans, motor homes and tents, along with one warden/staff unit.
The park had previously been closed during January.
In a design and access statement, produced for planners on behalf of the applicant by Mark Southern, it said: "The application seeks to allow an extension of the open season to potentially enable people to use the site at any time of the year including January.
"There has been increasing demand for opening in the New Year in recent years with many people wishing to take a holiday over the Christmas period running through into January or to celebrate the New Year away from home, but in affordable accommodation suitable for family use.
"This proposal will enable the park to offer a season of use along the lines of other holiday sites elsewhere which are in competition with Glencote, some of which are allowed to open on a year round basis.
"The application relates to the whole site and also hopes to achieve a greater degree of flexibility in the way it can be used with particular regard to the number of static caravans."
It is stated in the application that there would be no change to the essential appearance of the site.
Mr Southern added: "The relatively modest number of visitors during this additional time in January is considered unlikely to have an unacceptable impact on the overall character or amenities of the area.
"A longer season of use for the site will bring benefits to the local economy with particular regard to supporting other businesses and by providing year round employment directly on the site.
"Such opening will bring benefits to the caravan park itself together with benefits to other facilities by increasing the potential number of visitor stays in this area."
Mike Worthington, who is a ward councillor for the Cheddleton area, has welcomed the news.
He said: "This is positive news for the area and will help many small businesses.
"We have pubs, shops and a restaurants in the area which will be helped by this decision by bringing in more footfall to the village.
"Some caravan parks do only open 10 or 11 months a year, but many people want weekend breaks throughout the year."