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Banff caravan park's proposal to extend opening months approved

By Kyle Ritchie

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Plans to open Banff Links Caravan Park for 11 months of the year have been granted by Aberdeenshire Council.

It is currently open from March to September but the change will see it now close only in February.

Proprietors Jim and Norma Duncan applied to the local authority for the extension.

In its decision, Aberdeenshire Council's planning service had no issue with the planning permission as it complied with policies.

It said: "The proposal for the extension to operating months to 11 months with no occupancy in February is considered acceptable for the established holiday caravan park in principle under the terms of policy B3 tourist facilities and policy P1 infill and householder developments within settlements.

"There is no unacceptable impact on the surrounding area in terms of amenity and the proposal complies with policy P1 layout, siting and design.

"The planning authority considers that the application is for a development that is in accordance with the Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan 2017."

The site comprises of an established holiday caravan park which includes 99 caravan stances (42 static and 57 tourer); 10 tent pitches; two shower blocks; a shop and reception; and recycling area.

The caravan site had previously operated during the summer months with no occupancy of static caravans or tourers during the winter.

With the change it can operate for 11 months of the year with no occupancy in February.

During that month, the static caravans will have to be disconnected from their services and stored on site with no storage of touring caravans during this period.

It was outlined that the occupancy of the static and touring caravans will be for holiday purposes only.

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