A nature lover is concerned about plans to build a caravan park in countryside near Kings Cliffe, which she claims has “slipped under the radar”.
A planning application has been lodged with East Northamptonshire Council for 55 large caravans and nine glamping pitches on Jack’s Green, which is in ancient woodland next to a bridleway and public right of way running from the Kings Cliffe/Wansford Road to the Nassington/Apethorpe Road.
Sandra Beale, an independent HR consultant with links to the area, said: “A beautiful remote spot of the East Northants countryside near Kings Cliffe, which is home to the Glenn Miller memorial, is under threat from a new caravan and glamping development.
“Consultation for a planning application closes on Monday, January 12, and has slipped under the radar of the locals and consultees due to the long Christmas holidays and secrecy of the development.
“Jack’s Green is situated in ancient woodland; 55 large caravans are planned along with nine glamping pitches on the 20 acre site with access planned via a new two-mile road cutting across open, green space.
“The site is designed to max out occupancy of the small grassy area so that during peak holiday season it will be packed with hundreds of holidaymakers.
“The land covered by the planning application is also home to a herd of deer.
“This development threatens to destroy the deer’s habitat.”
The Glenn Miller memorial was built in memory of the American musician who played his last concert at Kings Cliffe before he died in a plane crash.
A statement by GP Planning, which is the agent for the applicant, said: “Jack’s Green at Rockingham Forest Park will be a holiday destination for the whole family.
“It will have a strong environmental focus that responds to its surroundings, reflecting its natural setting and taking inspiration from the unique landscape and features and history within the Rockingham Forest Park.”
Addressing concerns about the Glenn Miller memorial the statement also said: “This memorial will remain in situ and public access provided.
“Public right of way NM20 and bridleway NM30 cross Jack’s Green and these publicly accessible routes will be retained and protected.
“The planning application is supported by a landscape strategy that focuses on habitat creation and enhancement measures to support wildlife and will contribute to the local and wider biodiversity of the area, whilst at the same time retaining and protecting existing landscape features.”