Caravan Creep

Posted on 19th April, 2023


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Riverside Holiday Park expansion towards the river again - 36 more pitches on open space


A new application was validated on Wed 12 Apr 2023 - Riverside Holiday Village Bridgwater Road Bleadon Weston-super-Mare BS24 0AN. For:

"Change of use of recreational land ancillary to a caravan park to create 36 new static caravan pitches further to the South of the existing site

Comments deadline is Fri 19 May 2023 (previously Thu 11 May 2023). Here is the link to the application 23/P/0556/FUL on North Somerset Council Planning website. (Previous information here)


If you prefer to post your comments then the postal address is:

North Somerset Council

Development Management

Post Point 15

Town Hall

Weston-super-Mare BS23 1UJ

If you do make comments on this BOB blog (below), please also make sure that they are made to, and appear on, the North Somerset website link as above. As otherwise they will be ignored by NSC.



There are about 1100 residents in Bleadon living in approximately 540 dwellings There are approximately 325 houses (approx 662 people) within in the village Settlement Boundary and an additional 215+ (approx 438+ people) throughout the remaining Parish. This application would remove more even open space/green field from the site. Riverside Caravan Park currently has in the order of 260 units. This application could bring that number up to 300 units, potentially catering for over 700 people (see below)! Greater than the number of people in the whole of the Village of Bleadon at approx 662 residents! (NB these units pay business rates to North Somerset Council, but would not contribute to Bleadon taxes/precept,)


As this current application is outside the current Settlement Boundary/Village Fence, and contrary to resident's feedback to the adopted 20 year Parish Plan, residents feel that it shouldn't be approved. BPC’s Village Plan Meeting Leaflet distributed to all residents in 2005 stated, "Your views are very important, please don't complain about the future direction the village takes if you couldn't be bothered to let people know how you feel about things that are important to you!" 60% of residents responded with their views subsequently incorporated into the adopted 2009-2029 Bleadon Parish Plan (As opposed to the 30% response to the now abandoned Neighbourhood Development Plan Survey) The Parish Plan, although adopted in 2009, was never published and was declared missing in 2019, but a 103 Improvements leaflet was subsequently distributed in 2009, which shows some of the key outcomes.


In 2017, the Mercury published an article relating to an additional 90 units on the £5 million expansion at Riverside Holiday Village/Purn Caravan Park stating that, "The park has a current capacity of up to 400 people, across the campsite and in static and touring caravans." The Holiday Park was eventually granted an additional 40 units, expanding from 163 units to 203 units. It then joined with the adjacent Car Boot site on Accommodation Road adding a further 57 units, totalling the current 260 units. Following the Mercury’s statement above, this could mean the caravan park already has a potential capacity of 638 people! If a further 36 units are added it could then potentially cater for greater than 700 people in nearly 300 units! Greater than than the number of people in the Village of Bleadon of itself, at approx 662 residents!


14APR23 Weston Mercury article states:

The planning application would see 36 additional caravan pitches created to the south of the existing site. The applicant says the roadways, drainage, water and electrical infrastructure needed for this extended site already exists. The site is accessible by foot from a bus service, which runs to and from Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea regularly. The site also has good road links to the M5 motorway, meaning that the additional pitches could draw in more tourists”  (PDF)


Previous related applications:

  • Riverside Site :
    • NOV 2020 - Purn Holiday Park 10 Lodges
    • OCT 2017 - Caravan Expansion Approved 
    • AUG 2017 - Is Bleadon set to be the next Brean Tourist and Leisure Area 
    • JUL 2017 - 90 Caravans at Purn/Riverside Park Update 
  • Former Boot Sale/Accommodation Rd site:
    • 2015/16 - 57 new units at Accommodation Road 


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I decline this application for more dwellings, we need to protect our countryside and nature!!!