PLANS have been revealed to change the use of a Woodgate nursery into an all-year caravan site.
DJM Leisure wants to replace the former horticultural purpose of the former Architectural Plants land at Lidsey Road with 11 static or touring caravans.
Three of them are intended to be used as a warden’s lodge, reception and office, and a toilet block. There would be 20 touring or camping pitches and an amended access off the A29. The site measures 0.92 hectares.
A statement by Ivon Blumer Architects with the planning application for the change says: “The site has been used for the last 15 years by Architectural Plants for horticultural purposes but they have now decided to cease occupation of the property, which was vacated in early 2013.”
It contains three glasshouses, a triple garage and domestic shed.
“The site lies in a countryside location outside the built-up boundary where the principle of development is generally considered unacceptable.
“As the application is for tourism and leisure, on redundant low-grade agricultural land and will considerably enhance the local environment, it is suggested that development is acceptable in this case.
“The area is semi-rural in character with some houses built on either side of the A29. The site is adjacent to the Prince of Wales public house and close to a convenience store.
“Notwithstanding the site’s semi-rural location, the surrounding area benefits from having a reasonable level of accessibility to existing public transport services and the wider pedestrian network.”
The proposed site will employ two full-time and 12 part-time workers.