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Representation 9210 on Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers by Mr Alastair McNeill

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers - Main Matter 15 - Whether or not the plan would make appropriate provision for gypsy and traveller accommodation over the plan period having regard to the evidence of need and proposed sites?, Issue - Whether or not the proposed sites identified for gypsy and traveller accommodation would be soundly based in terms of their location and site specific impacts, Site GT/06 - Greenway, Wingerworth, Question 25
Representation: The development is too close to existing dwellings and will have a significant detrimental impact on the market value of local properties.

The site is currently council owned public open space. Is it not against council policy to remove public open space?

I believe that access onto the A61 cannot be achieved safely.

I believe this has the potential to sever the community as there would be a reluctance to use this path for safety reasons.

The site would have high levels of pollution and would expose users to dangerous levels of pollution that could have long lasting health effects.
At examination: Written representation

Original submission

I wish to object to the proposed development along the A61 for the following reasons. I believe that the proposed development is too close to existing dwellings. The site will have a significant detrimental impact on the market value of local properties. Are local residents to be compensated for any loss of value of their properties from having a site in such close proximity?

In addition the site is currently council owned public open space. This is used frequently by residents for dog walking and children to play. Conversion of this site would make it unusable by local residents and is it not against council policy to remove public open space when there is currently so little?

I believe that access onto the A61 cannot be achieved safely. The proposed access would be almost opposite the new Hanging Banks development and the A61 is a very high speed road. Access to and from the site in slow moving caravans would pose a risk to road users.

Furthermore i believe this has the potential to sever the community of Wingerworth. The public right of way along the site is a well used access for local residents to access the village to the north west as well as bus stops along the A61. Even if the access was to remain open i believe there would be a reluctance to use this path for safety reasons by vulnerable users (elderly and children) especially late at night. This would force users to travel further or not make the journey hence contributing to community severance between Wingerworth village and the properties to the east of the A61.

I do not believe that the council proposals meet with the current planning policy in terms of removing green space for this site. Would any additional rainfall run-off hard standing areas be attenuated to existing rates? This is a clear example of urban creep where areas which are current grassed would be paved without suitable design leading to increased runoff rates and increasing the flood risk to local residents.

Finally i wish to note that the assessment indicated that the site would experience higher than recommended level of air pollution and noise due to the proximity to the A61. I believe that this is suitable evidence to remove this site as the council would essentially be proposing to expose users of the site to dangerous levels of pollution that could have long lasting health effects.


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