Happy about Sheet campers ?
RESIDENTS are being invited to make their views known on plans to use land opposite the Half Moon pub in Sheet for camping.
Lucy Spooner hopes to turn a field alongside the A272 London Road into a campsite with a meeting room and toilets.
Mrs Spooner of London Road wants to provide 37 pitches mainly for tents, but some for caravans and camper vans needing electric hook ups.
It is planned to create an entrance into the 1.4 hectare field from the main road between Village Street and the bridge over the River Rother.
The Village Street junction and the one closer to Petersfield at Inmans Lane in Sheet are notorious for delays, and some residents say a new entrance into the field between the road and Hogmoor Wood would make matters worse.
Keen camper Suzanne Siggers of nearby Town Lane says the campsite is needed, and is well designed, but in the wrong place, and believes that the entrance would be dangerous.
She said: “The access is on what is essentially a blind corner and I believe it would be dangerous to vehicles using the site and other road users who wouldn’t expect this turning.
“If caravans use the campsite the issues will be even more concerning.”
Peter Hunt of London Road is also a camper, but says the new entry may become an ‘accident hotspot.’
He also said campers would have to use the already busy A272 to get to shops. There are also concerns about the danger to campers crossing the main road to get to nearby pubs.
But Rob Stanley of Walk and Cycle Britain Limited, from The Causeway in Petersfield said: “Campsites and hostels are very difficult to find, so I applaud and support this application.”
Jonathan West of Reservoir Lane agreed camping facilities were “desperately” needed.
Sophie Howe of East Meon said: “I believe the proposal is sympathetic to the area.”
The application is to be decided by South Downs National Park planners, who have classed it as a major development due to its potential impact.
Residents have until January 30 to present their views by email at firstname.lastname@example.org ; or contacting 01730 266551, or by visiting plannningpublicaccess.southdowns.gov.uk, quoting reference SDNP/12/03130/FUL. Letters can also be sent to East Hampshire District Council, Penns Place, Petersfield, GU31 4EX.
As well as Mrs Spooner’s proposal, Lady Alison Lubbock of Sheet hopes to gain permission for about a dozen yurts on land alongside the A272 as it climbs Adhurst Hill and heads toward Liss.
Parking will be on Adhurst estate and access by an already established driveway.
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