PLANS have been submitted to reduce the number of touring caravan spots at a camp site and increase the number of static ones.

Colchester Holiday Park in Cymbeline Way has applied to Colchester Council to use part of the site for static caravans.

Conservative councillor Dennis Willetts raised concerns about the plan saying it would migrate use towards a permanent residential site, rather than a use for leisure and tourism.

A report to go before the council’s planning committee on Thursday said: “This application seeks permission to station a maximum of 85 static caravans within the existing caravan park in lieu of touring caravan and camping pitches.

“The site as it stands is permitted to facilitate up to 42 static caravans and 221 tourers.

“As a result, the capacity of the site would be varied from 42 static units and 221 other pitches to 85 static units and 50 other pitches.”

Planning officers said the shift to static units would reduce the impact on the surrounding area by reducing the level of use.