PLANS Progressed For Coastal Motorhome And Camp Site At Gourock

21 November, 2023 | Local

DETAILED plans have been drawn up to turn vacant land beside the Clyde at Gourock into a motorhome, touring caravan and camp site.

The facility is being proposed for a site next to the Cabervans property at Cloch Road, near the junction with Faulds Park Road.

The application has been made by the owners of nearby Cloch Caravan Park who already have permission in principle for the development.

They have now submitted detailed plans to Inverclyde Council planners for approval.

Around 30 pitches are proposed for a mixture of motorhomes, tents and caravans.

There would be a building containing reception, toilet and other facilities. A small playpark would also be provided.

The site would have a new vehicle access off Cloch Road with a pedestrian footway to the Faulds Park junction.

A statement lodged with the council with the application for planning permission in principle in 2021 explained: “Our proposal is to develop the land to form pitches for motorhome, touring caravans, camping and associated facilities to satisfy a requirement within the local area where none currently exist.

“The rise in purchases of motorhomes and touring caravans along with demand for ‘staycation’ breaks over the last few years, 2020 in particular, has been exceptional with our client’s enquiries for such facilities currently being redirected to sites in Glasgow and Irvine or across into Argyll and Bute.

“Having facilities locally, ideally located to cater for tourists arriving and departing off the ferry, would increase tourism within Inverclyde bringing visitors to our towns and villages which in turn will bring revenue into the local area currently being lost to other local council areas.

“The proposed business would be tied with Cloch Caravans, which has operated for 60 years under the same family.”

The document continued: “The site will be sensitively developed, following the tree preservation line, retaining the existing mature trees surrounding the site whilst upgrading and improving the landscaping within the area of poor-quality scrub to the front of the site which will significantly improve the aesthetic.”

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