A PLAN to turn 2.8 hectares of land near Abbotsley Golf and Squash Club into a caravanning and camping site was turned down on Monday.

Huntingdonshire District Council's development management panel on Monday refused an application by Abbotsley Limited, which owns the hotel and country club, to provide hard standings for 55 touring caravans with an informal grassed area for additional touring pitches and a camping area.

Planners said the site, north of the club house off the 60mph Potton Road in Abbotsley, was not a suitable location for a camping and touring caravan site.

The council's planning policy says camping and caravanning sites should be supported only where they are not environmentally detrimental – close to existing settlements, without visual impact on surrounding landscape, and where safe physical access can be achieved.

In this case, planners said, the site was in the open countryside, not adjacent to any settlement and on a 60mph road with no footpath and no street lighting.