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Could a glamping site be heading for Shotley Gate?

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:20 20 March 2018

The area surrounding Frogs Alley.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The area surrounding Frogs Alley. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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A ‘glamping’ site could be the latest addition to a Suffolk village if a planning application goes ahead.

Propsed site for glamping in Frogs Alley in Shotley.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNPropsed site for glamping in Frogs Alley in Shotley. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The site which is proposed for land just off of Frogs Alley in Shotley could house up to six tents as well as an outbuilding with showering and toilet facilities.

Most of the land is currently used as a vineyard and the application includes proposals to host wine tasting events.

The planning statement for the application states that the developments size and scale would “have significant short and long-term benefit to Shotley and the surrounding area” in terms of the leisure and tourism facilities it could provide.

Nearby to the proposed site is the local church, St Mary’s and also a separate Royal Navy Cemetery which is home to around 100 Commonwealth graves.

Residents have until the end of the month to make their views heard.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNResidents have until the end of the month to make their views heard. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Concerns have been raised by local residents about the proximity to these sites as well as a potential increase in traffic and light pollution in the area.

The plans were due to be discussed by Shotley Parish Council on Thursday night but due to maintenance taking place on the Babergh District Council website few comments had been received on the application.

Parish clerk Dina Bedwell said that the council had decided to wait until more comments had been made and so would discuss the application at their next meeting.

Mrs Bedwell said that the council welcomed tourists to the village but needed to balance this with potential concerns about the location.

She stressed that the Parish Council could only make recommendations on the application.

District councillor for Shotley, Derek Davis, also emphasised the need to balance the interests in the area.

Mr Davis added that although a decision on the plans is currently due to be made by an officer that this could be change. A decision on this is expected at the start of this week.

“It could go to committee because it’s controversial,” said Mr Davis.

He also made it clear that the Suffolk AONB would have to be consulted on the plans due to their proposed location.

Comments on the proposals can be made on the Babergh District Council planning website until March 27.

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