Revealed – Proposals for caravan park near A14
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Proposals for a touring caravan site have been submitted for land near the A14.
The applicant - who owns land to the west of Badley Hill in Badley, near Needham Market - also wants to build a toilet/shower block, plus a static caravan for use as a reception and warden's accommodation.
If approved, the proposals would create new local jobs, a planning statement reveals.
It will not be visible from nearby Stowmarket Road as existing trees will screen views of the site, meaning it won't be an eyesore, according to the report.
It would be located near various local attractions, which the applicants feel are of particular interest to tourists, such as the Museum of East Anglian Life, Needham Lake, Stonham Barns, Baylham Rare Breeds Farm, Mid Suffolk Light Railway, Eye Castle and Thornham Walks.
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"In this case, the development will provide significant economic, social and environmental benefits," town planner Phil Cobbold adds in the statement.
"The provision of a touring caravan site will not only provide local employment opportunities but also provide additional income for local services and facilities in Needham Market.
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"As such, the development will also provide local social benefits in terms of helping to sustain the viability of local services thereby helping to safeguard local jobs.
"The development also provides environmental benefits in that the site is in walking and cycling distance of local services in Needham Market."
It is also a short distance from the A14, Mr Cobbold adds.
No public comments have been received on the application so far.
The proposals, which were validated by Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council this week, will go before council planners in due course.
It must be discussed by Wednesday, December 25.