Appeal lodged after Polesden Lacey campsite plans left out in the cold

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PLANS to build a campsite on the Polesden Lacey estate in Bookham are back on the agenda after an appeal was lodged against the decision to refuse planning permission for the scheme

By Dorking Advertiser  |  Posted: July 22, 2015

POPULAR: The Polesden Lacey house. The campsite would be situated nearby on a parcel on land

An appeal has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate after Mole Valley district councillors defied the advice of officers and rejected the proposal in March.

Members of the development committee argued the plans would have an inappropriate effect on the sensitive site, which is in the green belt and is a designated Area of Great Landscape Value.

But now Embers Camping, which would run the operation of the campsite, has lodged an appeal against the decision while landowner The National Trust has publicly issued its support of the venture.

In a letter to concerned residents, the trust said it relied on commercial ventures to fund its conservation work.

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The Planning Inspectorate is expected to rule on the appeal by October. To view the appeal, visit www.planningportal.gov.uk using the reference number APP/C3620/W/15/3029773.

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