Plans to create a campsite and motor home park on agricultural land off Truggan Road, Rushen, have alarmed residents who are concerned about access issues and the visual impact of the proposal.
Farmer Derek Cain submitted the plan, (14/00800/B) for the site to go on land at Glendown Farm.
In addition to the campsite and motor home park, they hope to create a shower and toilet block in an existing agricultural building.
He has already discussed improving access to the site with planners and the Department of Infrastructure.
Resident Nicola Hester wrote to planning arguing that Truggan Road is a small, rural lane and there are already issues driving there which would be exacerbated by this proposal.
In her letter, she added: ‘The site in question is accessed from a very narrow road, already too narrow for cars to pass each other.
‘Larger vehicles such as motor homes will cause a hazard on this road.
‘This is a peaceful rural location and it would be inappropriate to have campers using this site.
‘It would have a seriously adverse impact on the appearance and character of this area of open countryside.’
Mrs Hester added that, as people using motor homes tend to eat in their vehicles, the move would be unlikely to benefit nearby restaurants and cafes.
Also, she said an element of the plan to build wooden huts was ‘not in keeping’ with the rural setting.
A further concern raised by Mrs Hester focused on where the motor homes would park when they go to local shops and amenities.
Another resident, who did not want to be named, said: ‘The houses at the end of Truggan Road have to park outside their houses, have oil deliveries, etc, and the large camper vans would have a tight squeeze, in addition to which, the bend down there is quite blind as it is.
‘Plus the road is not suitable for two cars to pass in places, never mind larger vans, and will result in reversing on a narrow road.’
The anonymous resident added that those who use motor homes sleep in them at night and tour around in them during the day, meaning vans travelling in and out of the site twice a day (at least); if there were, for example, 17 sites, that would mean a van on the road every 20 minutes, ‘which is rather excessive for a tiny country road which plenty of residents require to use.’
Mr Cain, a Rushen Parish Commissioner, declared an interest and removed himself when the authority discussed the plan on July 16.
They had no objections.