Wigtown caravans refused

A vision for a caravan park at Wigtown Harbour were thrown out by the council’s planning authority this week.

Alan Wykes had submitted plans for the park, toilet block, wind turbine and a “substantial” single-storey dwellinghouse on land leading to the harbour but following a number of objections from SEPA, the coucil’s archaeologist, flood risk experts and nearby residents - and even one from America - it was refused at a meeting of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s planning applications committee on Wednesday in Dumfries.

A planning report before the committee highlighted the application’s lack of compliance with various requirements for caravan and chalet placement in the countryside, the land’s precarious position on a flood plain, its potential impact on the site’s historical importance around the harbour and a lack of sufficient sewage and drainiage capacity. It also noted a possible impact on wildlife and species in the estuary.