An OSWESTRY-based property company says it will be working with caravan and holiday parks to help them get the best out of relaxed planning restrictions.

Roger Parry & Partners, in Salop Road, will be working with the government, with many businesses in the sector continuing to face severe disruption because of Covid-19.

The government has recognised that the tourism industry will need to be able to adapt to secure its financial future, with more than 2,200 businesses in this sector that employ around 46,000 staff.

Richard Corbett, partner and planning expert with Roger Parry & Partners, said:“We will be working with planning authorities on behalf of our clients in the tourism sector.

"[This is] to ensure the authority considers the benefits of a longer opening season this year to the local economy as it recovers from the impact of Covid-19.

"Caravan and holiday parks in England were able to reopen from July 4. Extending their operation beyond the usual summer season will be invaluable to parks as the sector begins to recover.

"Current planning conditions may limit their open season however. The temporary relaxation of these planning restrictions can play a vital role in helping local businesses to get up and running again.

“Our team of planning experts are on hand to help anyone who needs assistance with dealing with their relevant planning authority.”

The National Planning Policy Framework already emphasises that planning enforcement is a discretionary activity and local planning authorities should act proportionately in responding to suspected breaches of planning control.

In doing so, they should consider the benefits of longer opening season times to the local economy as it recovers from the impact of Covid-19.