The Scottish Environment Protection agency (SEPA) have withdrawn their objections to the application for development of the Queen Elizabeth Caravan Park by the Caravan Club.
Originally, SEPA had objected to the plans as they had concerns over potential flooding of the site however, in a letter to the Caravan Club this week, SEPA withdrew this objection as they said they had reviewed additional information.
The letter, in relation to the upper site, said: “We have no objection to the development on flood risk grounds provided that, should the Planning Authority be minded to approve this application, the following planning condition is imposed- The number of Caravan pitches granted is not more than the existing number of caravan pitches.”
In relation to the lower site, SEPA said they no longer had any objections as long as the number of caravans does not increase and the reception building is built above a certain level.
The planning condition of pitch numbers should cause no issue because, as the application stands, the Caravan Club plan to have fewer pitches on site than there are currently.
The Caravan Club are set to invest £1.7 million into the Queen Elizabeth Caravan Park in Stonehaven and lodged an application for the development of the Park earlier this year.
The two applications, one for the upper and one for the lower site, have now gone through their month long public consultation and the time for submitting comments on the applications has now passed.
The plans for the site have been pegged as being a great opportunity for tourism in the town with Chair of the business association tourism sub-group describing it as a “fantastic opportunity” for the town.
Stonehaven and District Community Council also support the plans as they described their “overwhelming support” for the applications.