British Holiday and Home Parks Association, David Bellamy Conservations Awards

British Holiday and Home Parks Association, David Bellamy Conservations Awards

Minimising Local Impact

Minimising Local Impact

One of the most important elements of being a ‘good neighbour’ to your local community is to keep to an absolute minimum the visual, light, noise, traffic congestion and other negative impacts that your park has on its surroundings. Remember, even small things such as wheel ruts on grass verges and the wrong types of signposts can be a source of annoyance. This work is also important from your guests’ perspective, because everyone wants a quiet, safe holiday and it’s nice to be able to enjoy the star-lit rural night sky. So please work with your guests and visitors to make your park ‘blend in’, rather than ‘stick out’.

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Noise and traffic nuisance:

  • Sensible noise regulations well advertised and implemented.
  • Guests provided with instructions on how best to get to the site.
  • Generator use closely regulated or banned.
  • Measures taken to limit car movement in and around the site during early morning and late at night.
  • Effective traffic management at entrance/approach roads.

Visual instrusiveness:

  • Good screening along boundaries.
  • Planting used within park to screen holiday homes and buildings.
  • Caravan and lodge colours chosen carefully to reduce visual impact (and meet any local regulations).
  • Park well designed to blend into landscape.
  • All buildings and boundaries in a visually unobtrusive style that is sympathetic to the local architecture.
  • Entrance(s) sympathetically treated and welcoming.

Light pollution:

  • No excessive or garish lighting - only have the lighting you need to ensure safety and security.
  • All necessary external lighting provided by shielded down-lighters or by lamps that have skyward shades fitted.
  • On coastal parks, ensure lighting shines in-land.

More information:

  • Click here for an in depth article on ‘good neighbours’, complete with examples of what parks are doing