Pub extension, shop and caravans plan is thrown out

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A pub lost its bid to expand because it asked to have “too many” pitches for touring caravans in the same planning application.

The Rose and Crown at Holbeach Hurn already has planning consent for 55 caravans, although an operating licence from South Holland District Council limits the number to 35, and wanted to add a further 27 pitches.

Pub bosses Eric and Janice Parker wanted to have a new kitchen and restaurant, with 50 seats, and put a shop in the building to cater for caravan site visitors and residents.

Coun Nick Worth said he supported the pub extension, but not the caravans and questioned the need for holiday accommodation on that spot.

He said: “There’s very little if any tourism other than wildfowling or cycling.

“I would say that people will be using these caravans year round for working reasons, not holiday reasons.”

Coun Rita Rudkin said: “I am Holbeach born and bred and I have never heard of Holbeach Hurn – small, insignificant, pleasant little village – being feted as a tourist site. I think that’s a myth.”

Councillors voted 12-0 to reject the plan, saying the increase in size of the caravan site would have a detrimental impact on the visual amenity of the location and the potential to disturb nearby residents through noise.