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Gypsy and traveller site near Whaplode set for approval

Local councillors and residents have objected to the plans

Plans for a new gypsy and traveller site in Whaplode are up for approval before councillors next week.

Applicant Mrs M. Compton is looking to site four pitches at Bleu Raye Farm, in Millgate.

Each pitch, said reports before South Holland District Council, will house a single household and the site will accommodate space for a single static caravan or two smaller touring caravans, laundry and store facilities a shed and parking.

The applicant also plans to move an existing access further south and create a private access road.

Part of the site is allocated in the South East Lincs Local Plan as a proposed residential site for gypsies and travellers.

How the site would be laid out.

Whaplode Parish Council has objected to the plans.

They said the reasons for both the council and the Secretary of State refusing a previous application for one dwelling on the site – namely that it is an unsuitable location – still stand.

Ward Councillor Allan Beal also objected saying the plans “substantially increase the need to rely on motor vehicles”.

“This means it would be even more detrimental with regards to being unsustainable and prejudicial to the rural nature of this location,” he said.

A “significant” number of objections have also been received from members of the public with regard to concerns over increased traffic, loss of agricultural land, impact on the character of the area and safety, antisocial and crime worries.

Officers however, have recommended permission subject to a number of conditions, saying the plans accord with planning policies, are“considered acceptable” and will mitigate against undue impact on residents.

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