OUTRAGED residents have slated the council after plans were approved to erect an ‘eco campsite’ on acres of green belt land.

Hundreds of residents living near the proposed campsite on Claim Farm, Manley Road, Alvanley wrote into the council expressing their concern and objecting to the plans which they say will ‘ruin the peaceful countryside landscape’.

But at a Cheshire West and Chester Planning meeting councillors approved plans to create the ‘eco campsite’, which will see 10 yurts and five tepees erected on the farm, saying it would bring a boost to the local economy.

Now residents have expressed their outrage at the planning process, which they say ‘ignored their views’ and parish plan, after more than 300 people submitted comments to the council website expressing concerns over the development.

Representing residents during the meeting Cllr Lynn Riley said that the community felt ignored and let down by the planning process, saying: “They do not feel well served by the planning process, there have been letters and emails which have been given little weight in this report.

“This is green belt and to say that there will be no impact is to make light of the impact it will have. I will remind the council that it was only last month we refused one turbine across the road.”

Speaking on behalf of Manley Parish Council, Jean Gamble said that their main concerns were safety, as the campsite would create a ‘rat run’ in an already fatal accident black-spot.”

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