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Representation 9369 on Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers by Dr Hilary Arksey

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 by Officer.

The A61 is already a busy and dangerous road, and will get even busier when nearby developments are completed. Access would be difficult and potentially dangerous, as it is on a bend towards the end of a descent.

Mobile homes would need a suitably large turning circle/space to allow entry and exit from the site. The high traffic volume on the A.61 would introduce a substantial safety risk to road users and pedestrians.

Site currently well used by walkers. This community/local amenity would be lost if it were to be replaced by a traveller site.

Is there any evidence of need for a traveller site at this particular location?

A traveller site at this location would not be in keeping with the local environment and existing settled community. An influx of population would run the risk of increased noise pollution and reduced privacy.
At examination: Written representation

Original submission

I would like to notify you of my objection to the (proposed) traveller site at Greenway (Hunloke Estate) Wingerworth. The reasons for my objections are varied, as detailed below:

- the A.61 is already a very busy road, and will get even busier when two nearby new housing developments are completed in the next few years. The speed limit is currently 50 mph. Access to the proposed traveller site would be difficult and potentially dangerous, as it is on a bend towards the end of a descent (which means that many drivers will be travelling at relatively high speeds).

- in a related vein, these days travellers often use mobile homes rather than traditional caravans. These can be lengthy vehicles (anything up to around 25 m) which would need a suitably large turning circle/space to allow entry and exit from the site. The high traffic volume on the A.61, as indicated above often travels at relatively high speeds reflecting the descent, would introduce a substantial safety risk to road users and pedestrians.

- I walk through the proposed site most mornings on an existing path, where I frequently see dog walkers taking advantage of the green space with their pets. This community/local amenity would be lost if it were to be replaced by a traveller site.

- I am not aware there is any evidence of need for a traveller site at this particular location. On the contrary, I have been told anecdotally that travellers themselves do not want to use this particular area.

- A traveller site at this location would not be in keeping with the local environment and existing settled community in what is a quiet residential area. Common sense suggests that that an influx of adults and children, of whatever size, would run the risk of increased noise pollution and reduced privacy.

Would you please ensure that the above comments are recorded and included in the current consultation?

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