A caravan park located near the M5 could be expanding, building an additional fishing lake for visitors after Somerset councilors voted to grant permission, a report said.
The Bigwood family owns and operates the Westbrook Farm Caravan Park located on Harp Road in Brent Knoll, approximately one mile to the northeast of junction 22 for Highbridge.
The family wanted to grow their business by creating the space needed that could be used for new camping pitches and timber chalets east of their present camp and building a pristine lake for fishing.
Sedgemoor District Council’s development committee has approved the plan by a unanimous vote in Bridgwater early on Tuesday.
According to the plans, another 47 static caravan sites would be constructed, including nine chalets made of timber around the new fishing lake.
An additional 159 parking spaces for cars and 85 bicycle spaces are set to be constructed on the site. Bigwoods estimates that this development could result in an equivalent of four full-time jobs.
The councilor Tony Grimes – whose neighboring Berrow Ward is home to many camping sites – has welcomed the idea of expanding, saying that it will boost economic activity in the area.
“In the interest of tourism in this area, I believe all the boxes have now been ticked. It will probably be a very good asset to the area.”
In just 15 minutes of discussion, the committee voted unanimously to approve the plan.