Council opposes traveller site application

The site in Cadmore End

The site in Cadmore End

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A PARISH council has opposed a planning application for a travellers' site, which the applicant wants to make into a prototype with landscaping and play areas.

David Curtis, 48, who currently lives at a travellers' site at Five Oaks Farm in Studley Green wants to build a gypsy caravan site for nine pitches- five transit and four permanent.

He also wants to build a shower block and stables at the site called High Barns in Marlow Road, Cadmore End.

An extraordinary public meeting was held on Monday night by Lane End Parish Council, where the council decided to oppose the application.

Council chairman, Mike Detsiny, said the council has always opposed development on Green Belt and AONB, which this site is on.

He said: "It is quite clear that although the Government want to find sites for travellers the protection of the Green Belt overrides the need, the need being the key word, for the travelling community."

He added the road conditions for access to the site are dangerous, the noise pollution too high and the land could also be contaminated.

There were about 100 people at the meeting, including the applicant Mr Curtis, who said they have carried out pre-application reports.

Mr Curtis said the air has been checked, as has the soil, which have come back clear.

He said he has addressed the issue of noise pollution with suggested bunds and trees. He also said he has met with the Highways Agency who have given the all clear in terms of access.

Mr Curtis added: "There is no accommodation for travellers needs in the area. I am prepared to deal with this site as a prototype. It will be like nothing else seen.

"It won't be like the traditional council run sites which look like concentration camps.

"It is going to be an environment for children with play areas, landscaping and tree planting.

"I am going to live there and run it and uphold the law."

He said the travellers site where he is staying at the moment is at full capacity.

A Cadmore End resident and member of the CELEB action committee said they will continue to raise awareness to try and prevent the application being approved by WDC.

Members of the public have until January 28 to comment on the application which is on the planning portal on WDC's website.

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2:57pm Thu 23 Jan 14

geoffW says...

Forget the fact that this is a Traveller encampment with all the emotive issues that go along with such a site.

Now ask the question "Would planning permission be allowed for 6 houses or bungalows on the site?"

The answer would almost certainly be no. If that is the case then it should be the same response to a Traveller encampment.

I do not expect to hear any complaints in the nature of "It's just because we're travellers", etc. It is because it is the law that EVERYBODY has to abide by.
Forget the fact that this is a Traveller encampment with all the emotive issues that go along with such a site. Now ask the question "Would planning permission be allowed for 6 houses or bungalows on the site?" The answer would almost certainly be no. If that is the case then it should be the same response to a Traveller encampment. I do not expect to hear any complaints in the nature of "It's just because we're travellers", etc. It is because it is the law that EVERYBODY has to abide by. geoffW
  • Score: 27

3:19pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Dickitdo says...

We must not forget . this land is Greenbelt , it must not be built on ,or used for other reasons other than what it is designated for.That is for the production of food for the increasing population of this Country. Mr David Curtis would do well too remember this fact !.
We must not forget . this land is Greenbelt , it must not be built on ,or used for other reasons other than what it is designated for.That is for the production of food for the increasing population of this Country. Mr David Curtis would do well too remember this fact !. Dickitdo
  • Score: 24

11:56am Sat 25 Jan 14

demoness the second says...

Dickitdo wrote:
We must not forget . this land is Greenbelt , it must not be built on ,or used for other reasons other than what it is designated for.That is for the production of food for the increasing population of this Country. Mr David Curtis would do well too remember this fact !.
I don't think our authorities care two hoots about Greenbelt - *cough* HS2 :(
[quote][p][bold]Dickitdo[/bold] wrote: We must not forget . this land is Greenbelt , it must not be built on ,or used for other reasons other than what it is designated for.That is for the production of food for the increasing population of this Country. Mr David Curtis would do well too remember this fact !.[/p][/quote]I don't think our authorities care two hoots about Greenbelt - *cough* HS2 :( demoness the second
  • Score: 7

2:51pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Dickitdo says...

demoness the second wrote:
Dickitdo wrote:
We must not forget . this land is Greenbelt , it must not be built on ,or used for other reasons other than what it is designated for.That is for the production of food for the increasing population of this Country. Mr David Curtis would do well too remember this fact !.
I don't think our authorities care two hoots about Greenbelt - *cough* HS2 :(
I completely agree . How on Earth are farmers supposed to get from one side of this track too the other when the railway runs though the middle of their land , too say nothing about the scandalous misuse of greenbelt land , Money, disruption, environmental ,damage I could go on and on and on .it will also effectively divide the Country down the middle .on an on, an on. Sorry ! just getting on my bike a bit. but it also best if we don't do that either!.
[quote][p][bold]demoness the second[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dickitdo[/bold] wrote: We must not forget . this land is Greenbelt , it must not be built on ,or used for other reasons other than what it is designated for.That is for the production of food for the increasing population of this Country. Mr David Curtis would do well too remember this fact !.[/p][/quote]I don't think our authorities care two hoots about Greenbelt - *cough* HS2 :([/p][/quote]I completely agree . How on Earth are farmers supposed to get from one side of this track too the other when the railway runs though the middle of their land , too say nothing about the scandalous misuse of greenbelt land , Money, disruption, environmental ,damage I could go on and on and on .it will also effectively divide the Country down the middle .on an on, an on. Sorry ! just getting on my bike a bit. but it also best if we don't do that either!. Dickitdo
  • Score: 6

11:47am Sun 26 Jan 14

legiopatrianostra says...

demoness the second wrote:
Dickitdo wrote:
We must not forget . this land is Greenbelt , it must not be built on ,or used for other reasons other than what it is designated for.That is for the production of food for the increasing population of this Country. Mr David Curtis would do well too remember this fact !.
I don't think our authorities care two hoots about Greenbelt - *cough* HS2 :(
With 100,000 new houses for Gerrard's X, you might well be right.
[quote][p][bold]demoness the second[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dickitdo[/bold] wrote: We must not forget . this land is Greenbelt , it must not be built on ,or used for other reasons other than what it is designated for.That is for the production of food for the increasing population of this Country. Mr David Curtis would do well too remember this fact !.[/p][/quote]I don't think our authorities care two hoots about Greenbelt - *cough* HS2 :([/p][/quote]With 100,000 new houses for Gerrard's X, you might well be right. legiopatrianostra
  • Score: 0

1:34pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Dickitdo says...

legiopatrianostra wrote:
demoness the second wrote:
Dickitdo wrote:
We must not forget . this land is Greenbelt , it must not be built on ,or used for other reasons other than what it is designated for.That is for the production of food for the increasing population of this Country. Mr David Curtis would do well too remember this fact !.
I don't think our authorities care two hoots about Greenbelt - *cough* HS2 :(
With 100,000 new houses for Gerrard's X, you might well be right.
I understand that Bicester is to be the recipient of the new Garden City, It is proposed that it is built on the redundant Army Camp ,which is not Greenbelt.
[quote][p][bold]legiopatrianostra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demoness the second[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dickitdo[/bold] wrote: We must not forget . this land is Greenbelt , it must not be built on ,or used for other reasons other than what it is designated for.That is for the production of food for the increasing population of this Country. Mr David Curtis would do well too remember this fact !.[/p][/quote]I don't think our authorities care two hoots about Greenbelt - *cough* HS2 :([/p][/quote]With 100,000 new houses for Gerrard's X, you might well be right.[/p][/quote]I understand that Bicester is to be the recipient of the new Garden City, It is proposed that it is built on the redundant Army Camp ,which is not Greenbelt. Dickitdo
  • Score: 6

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