In August 2016 an application
was made to South Northamptonshire Council for a change of use at
the small gypsy site in Abthorpe parish. It was to change the use
of land from agriculture to an extension of the site including the
stationing of two caravans, the erection of a replacement amenity
building and the laying of a hard standing.
A large number of comments
were sent to the council Ė mostly by local people. The majority
opposed the application. One comment suggested ....... perhaps it
is time we asked something of them to please cut the hedge down so
that traffic approaching from Towcester can be seen before another
person is killed at this junction.
Another stated that the
last planning application was refused for all the right reasons
and the occupants we assume were given notice to quit ? It makes a
mockery of the whole process if the occupants can keep putting in
different planning applications and not be removed from the site.
As advised previously with many others the occupants need to be
removed and placed on a travellers site and for the close boarded
fence to be removed (this was a condition) and is still there plus
the mobile homes removed together with the other debris on site
and for the same to revert to a small holding.
applicantís agent in supporting the application stated that one
of the (already) permitted touring caravans is occupied by the
applicantís daughter and her two young children. The
applicantís sister-in-law died recently and he has taken her two
children into his custody.
the agent commented that there are no vacant pitches on authorised
traveller sites in South Northamptonshire and the council has not
allocated any land for the provision of traveller sites in its
Development Plan. The absence of alternative sites
......................... and the councilís continued failure to
meet the identified need for travellersí sites
........................... carry weight in favour of the
decision by South Northamptonshire Council to refuse the
application was made on 11th November 2016. An appeal
has recently been made to challenge the Councilís decision and
this will be considered on Tuesday 9th January 2018 at
10:00am in the Committee Room of The Forum in Towcester.