A permanent travellers caravan site could be built on farmland between two Derbyshire villages.
The proposals, which have been submitted to South Derbyshire District Council, involve creating the site on a triangular piece of agricultural land off Shardlow Road, between the villages of Aston-on-Trent and Shardlow, near Derby.
According to the application from Matthew O’Brien the site would accommodate six traveller families. Each one would have a pitch capable of accommodating two caravans.
The proposals also includes the siting of an amenity building containing kitchen, laundry and bathroom facilities, together with a dining/sitting area. Another building would also be constructed providing toilets and showers.
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The plans would see the caravan pitches arranged along the south-east side of the site. An area would be left undeveloped for the grazing of horses.
According to planning documents submitted to the district council, on behalf of the applicant, Philip Brown Associates said that the site was an appropriate location for a traveller site.
The gypsy site would be created on farmland between the two villages
It says that the council only seeks to “very strictly control” traveller sites when they are “away from settlements”. That’s to ensure access to schools and amenities.
The application adds: “This term has been subject to interpretation in numerous appeals over the past five years and inspectors have accepted that sites more than 800 metres outside existing settlements are not ‘away from’ those settlements.
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“In this case, the site is only 600 metres from the settlement of Aston-on-Trent and, as such, the site is not isolated or away from settlements.”
The application said that although there would be some visual impact, the caravans on the site would be “relatively well screened”.
The gypsy caravan site would be created on land between Aston on Trent and Shardlow
It said: “Some degree of visual impact must be accepted and, if an adequate supply of gypsy sites is to be provided, some degree of visual harm must be acceptable.
“Development on the application site, whilst not hidden, would be relatively well screened with only glimpsed views of caravans available at relatively short range from Shardlow Road.
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“The proposed development is capable of being assimilated into its rural surroundings and would not cause unacceptable harm to the character and appearance of the surrounding area.”
The application also argues that there is a need for such a site claiming that there is a “significant unmet need” in South Derbyshire for additional gypsy pitches.
A decision on the plans by the district council is expected in November.
Source: Derby Telegraph