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By stephen pullinger broads correspondent
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
A farming family’s plans to open a campsite on the outskirts of a Broadland village have sparked a heated protest.
The Gill family at Stokesby Hall Farm have already set up a website - broadscamping.co.uk - inviting holidaymakers to book for July next year.
If the month trial, which does not need planning permission proves successful, their intention is to submit plans to the Broads Authority for a permanent site on their land on the Runham side of Stokesby.
The website looks to woo campers with the prospect of ‘glamping’ in luxury bell tents as well as offering camping on traditional pitches; facilities to be offered include a shower block and toilets, hand basins and washing up sinks.
Daphne Gill yesterday told the EDP they were planning an “upmarket” campsite which would bring trade to the village and boost the Broads’ tourist offering.
However, neighbour Trevor Barber, 66, whose land would back on the proposed campsite, said the proposal had come as a shock to villagers who had not been consulted.
The retired boss of a national carpet manufacturer said the planned entrance to the site was on a “notoriously dangerous bend”.
He said: “As well as creating a traffic hazard and creating an ugly blot on the landscape, we believe that the extra 50 cars and 200 people that 50 pitches could bring would be too much for the village.
“It would be pitch black and dangerous for people walking back to the site from the village pub at night and there could be a lot of noise disturbance; we moved here for the peace and quiet.”
He has distributed leaflets - Carry on Farming (Not Camping) - to every local household and a number of residents have joined him in putting up protest posters. His next step will be to start a petition.
The latest row follows a furore last month when neighbours protested about an eyesore fertilizer tank being put up on Stokesby Hall Farm in front of luxury barns being developed.