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Parish leaders are backing plans for 'glamorous' camp

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 19, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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PLANS have been submitted to construct a small scale 'glampsite' in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

The application have been put forward to planning officers at the Peak District National Park Authority for the development at Rocester Lane, Waterhouses.

The glampsite – short for 'glamorous campsite' – proposals include luxury tent accommodation for four families, along with a amenity block, access and parking.

The amenity block would be built in traditional stone and tile design and consist of toilets, kitchen, laundry and reception area with a linen and bedding store.

The first floor would be for the storage of spares, tents, stoves, fuel, tools and maintenance.

The site is a landfill area, formerly Lea House Quarry West, and is situated on the edge of the village just off the main A523 Leek to Ashbourne Road. A design and access statement to planners produced on behalf of the applicant, Simon McCarthy, by Allen Newby of PME Planning Service, states that vehicular access to the site would be off Rocester Lane, which is an unclassified road.

Mr Newby said: "The quarries were developed to provide lime for use in agriculture and building.

The limekilns remain intact at Limekiln Cottage to the immediate south

"The site is not actively farmed. In recent years, a single cut of silage has been taken in the late summer.

"The area that can be mowed is limited partly by gradient and partly by a wide belt of scrub, bramble, nettle and willowherb, which grows around the perimeter of the site.

"Lea House Quarry is a designated Regional Important Geodiversity Site.

"Land under the applicant's ownership includes Lea House Quarry East which would appear to be of much greater geological interest."

No permanent external lighting is proposed. Instead guests would be provided with lanterns. Lighting within the amenity block would be activated when guests approached the building at night.

The application was put before Waterhouses Parish Council for their comments.

Following a debate, councillors agreed to support the application, but highlighted that they felt not enough parking spaces were allowed in the plans and that no vehicles should park on the narrow Rocester Lane.

Councillor Andrew Carr said: "There was a plan some years ago for local housing, but this was refused on access grounds."

Councillor Eddie Simpson said: "There are only five car parking spaces, which does not seem enough. Where are others vehicles going?

"An amenity building is necessary and it could be a nice site.

"We should support it, but the only thing of concern is the car parking."

Councillor Mavis Simpson said that no cars should be parked along Rocester Lane which was very narrow.

While offering support councillors agreed to ask planning officers to look at if the allocation of parking places at the site were adequate.

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