mulberry poppy bag New Forest National Park Authority rejects application for
Ward councillor Bop Wappet told the NPA’s planning and development control committee: “The site is very poor agricultural land that was used as a marshalling yard for the D Day landings.
“The proposed campsite would give people an opportunity to experience the New Forest at its most basic.”
A report to members said the applicant used the site without planning permission last summer and was handed a Temporary Stop Notice requiring it to cease all camping activity and remove the buildings.
The report said Camping Unplugged had now sought consent to use the six hectare site for five months a year.
It added: “The development would result in the introduction of a new tourist business and residential use within the open countryside to the detriment of the rural character of the New Forest National Park.
“The proliferation of buildings would erode the local character,
resulting in a gradual suburbanising effect.”
The site is near Lepe,
one of the south coast towns and villages used as assembly points during the build up to the D Day landings.
Lepe was one of the construction sites for the Mulberry Harbour huge concrete pontoons that were towed across the Channel to keep the invasion force supplied.