Campsite plans in Manton get go-ahead after appeal

Leon and Rebecca Bissonnet with their son Neo Bissonnet at the site in Manton.

Leon and Rebecca Bissonnet with their son Neo Bissonnet at the site in Manton.

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A couple have won an appeal to secure permission for a proposed campsite despite objections from residents and parish councillors.

Leon and Rebecca Bissonnet have been given the green light to open a site behind the cemetery in Cemetery Lane, Manton, which will accommodate 20 caravan pitches and 20 camping pitches.

The site will also include a building with an office, a kitchen and toilets for campers to use.

The couple, who live in Crummock Avenue, Edith Weston, had their original planning application turned down by Rutland County Council in December last year.

Councillors voted to reject the plans because of concerns over the impact the increase in large vehicles using Cemetery Lane would have on cyclists and pedestrians, particularly around The Horse and Jockey pub.

A total of 42 letters of objection were sent to the county council during two consultations, along with one letter of support.

Manton Parish Council also opposed the plans.

But after lodging an appeal with evidence from highways lawyer Lee Barnes that the roads would be safe, the decision was reversed.

Leon, 45, said: “We are very pleased. It’s like an early Christmas present for us.

“It seems to have gone on for a long time so we’re happy we’ve found a way through it all.

“We have been very fortunate that my uncle David Bissonnet is an award-winning architect and has been acting unpaid as our agent as well as our architect.

“He received the notification from the planning inspectorate by post and called me straight away while I was shopping in Tesco.

“The staff must have thought I was mad.”

Leon and Rebecca believe there is a need for the site to give the growing number of visitors to Rutland Water somewhere to stay.

Building work is set to start soon and it is hoped the site will be open by April, 2015.