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Representation 9234 on Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers by Liberal Democrats (Mr Ross Shipman)

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: Summary and Element by Officer.

-The only possible vehicular access to the site is from the A61. The proposed access would be on a blind bend, immediately after the brow of Cottage Hill. This presents a significant hazard to road users, pedestrians and potential site users.Manoeuvring caravans within the site would be extremely difficult.
-The site would constitute both an infringement of privacy and noise nuisance to those using the site and those neighbouring.
-There are drainage concerns, given that existing problems from surrounding developments are causing surface water flooding. Any potential additional hard-surfacing would increase the level of surface water flooding.
At examination: Written representation

Original submission

* It's believed that NEDDC maintain Qualified Title/Trustee status of the land, which was left in perpetuity to the children of the Adlington estate by the late Samuel Sales, therefore NEDDC have no right to include the site in their local plan. Their claim to Absolute Title would need to be established ahead of inclusion as a potential site.
* The land is a well-used amenity and has been, by right, since the construction of the Greenway, Halcyon Approach, Mill Crescent and Adlington Avenue estate.
* The only possible vehicular access to the site is from the A61. The proposed access would be on a blind bend, immediately after the brow of Cottage Hill. This presents a significant hazard to road users, pedestrians and potential site users.
* It is understood that a historic application to site play equipment on the land was rejected on the grounds that vehicles would be unable to safely access the location to site the equipment.
* It is known that a historic application to graze horses on the land, by Mrs L Redfern of Mill Crescent was declined owing the site's amenity status as a children's play area.
* Manoeuvring the combination of caravan and vehicle within the designated area would be extremely difficult and would involve several 'shunts' especially if other vans and caravans were already in place. This takes into account that it looks like the council propose to remove the uppermost hedge. If the footpath remains it would place the public at risk as when positioning a van/caravan combination it is impossible to have all round vision without at least two 'banksmen'.
* Utilising the land for semi-residential pitches would constitute both an infringement of privacy and noise nuisance both to those using the site and those neighbouring it.
* The proposal is to site four pitches. This would be an unacceptable density both for those using the pitch and those neighbouring the site.
* There are drainage concerns, given that existing problems from surrounding developments are causing surface water flooding. Any potential additional hard-surfacing would increase the level of surface water flooding.

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