Planning policy development plan

Please note: You only need to register / login if you wish to make representations.

Representation 9550 on Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers by Liberal Democrats (Cllr David Hancock)

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.

Site considered unsuitable by the District Council owing accessibility problems.

Proposed access would be on a blind bend onto A61, immediately after the brow of a hill opposite new housing development. Potential hazard to road users, pedestrians and site users. Historic applications on site rejected due to unsafe access. Manoeuvring on the site unsafe.

Site is currently a well-used amenity, it was a condition of the original planning permission that it be retained as green space.

Concern over privacy, overlooking, and noise nuisance to those using the site and those neighbouring it.

Site prone to becoming marshy and flooding during bad weather.

Concern over impact on community cohesion.

The site must be sustainable, in regards to coexistence with local community. Traffic and commercial vehicles using the site would cause disruption to neighbouring residents.

Gypsy Liaison Group confirmed preference for expansion of privately managed sites
At examination: Written representation

Original submission

Please see below my comments, as ward councillor, for inclusion in the Inspector's examination of the proposed Traveller Site at Wingerworth.

* The site has subsequently been considered unsuitable by the District Council owing accessibility problems.
* 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 and directly opposite the entrance to the Curzon Park development (currently underway) - which is a sizable housing estate. This presents a significant hazard to road users, pedestrians and potential site users.
* 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 and it was a condition of the original planning permission that the area be retained as green space.
* 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.
* A previous 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. This would be compounded by the fact the footpath would remain in place, placing the safety of pedestrians at risk; and the requirement for an ablutions block to be sited.
* 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 site would be overlooked on all four sides - from properties on Mill Crescent to the North, which is significantly higher than the site; from the proximity of the neighbours on Greenway to the East and the South and by the new Curzon Park estate to the west. This would be an infringement of basic rights to those using the site. The proximity and topography of the site, means that those using the site would also be overlooking the two adjacent houses on Greenway (to the immediate east and south) - infringing on the rights of those residents.
* The north of the site is prone to becoming marshy and flooding during bad weather. The hard-surfacing of this area would inevitably impact on adjacent properties - particularly to the north and east.
* Consideration must be given to the relationship of proposed sites with the surrounding community. The established community has made it overwhelmingly clear that the proposed site sits too close to the established housing for any effective community cohesion to be established.
* The site must also be sustainable, offering scope to manage an integrated coexistence with the local community. The proposal ignores that the community is almost entirely residential - with the only local government offices in the immediate vicinity - which operate a 9-5 environment. Indeed a recent application for a service business to operate from a residential property was declined because of the disruptive nature traffic movements would cause to local residents. The movement of commercial vehicles entering and leaving the site would cause an unacceptable level of disruption to the neighbouring residents.
* Having consulted with the National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Group, they have confirmed that they favour the expansion of small privately managed sites as they present less management problems than public ones.

Attached Files for this Submission


Having trouble using the system? Visit our help page or contact us directly.

Powered by OpusConsult