PLANS for a campsite have been narrowly rejected for a second time.
Proposals to create a caravan park, along with fishing pools and site facilities close to Stamford Way Farm, Ewloe, were thrown out by members of Flintshire Council’s planning committee – but only by a slim margin and after a fiery debate.
Some members felt the park would have boosted tourism in the area, while others wanted them thrown out because it would have stood on greenbelt land.
Tony Rimmer, representing a farmer living close to the site, said approving the plan could have negative effects on farmers in the area.
But Ewloe councillor Alison Halford issued a staunch defence of the plan.
She said: “I’m reeling over the fact muck spreading should take a precedent over tourism.
“We need jobs in the area and we need tourism in the area. Why should we go to Cheshire Oaks to go fishing?”
Caerwys councillor Jim Falshaw also supported the plan and said: “Tourism brings about £180 million a year into the area.”
But Buckley councillor Carol Ellis said: “I think it would have a detrimental impact on the farmland and I can’t see how this development will outweigh the damage done to the greenbelt.”
Holywell councillor Gareth Roberts said: “It was wrong before and it’s wrong now.
“If we accept this, then the representatives of the travellers will have a field day on this, because of applications they have put in before.”
The applicant, James Woodcock, included a business plan in the application which a number of councillors felt was inadequate.
Broughton councillor Derek Butler expressed anger that nobody representing the council’s tourism department had expressed a view on the site, which he said could have helped the application.
Mr Woodcock put forward a similar application last October, but it was rejected on the grounds that it was “within open countryside and within the designated green barrier as defined in the adopted Flintshire Unitary Development Plan”.
This latest application was rejected for the same reasons.