Gypsy site proposed in Cadmore End

Bucks Free Press: The planning application was received by Wycombe District Council- its offices are shown in the picture The planning application was received by Wycombe District Council- its offices are shown in the picture

A STOKENCHURCH resident hopes to get planning approval for a gypsy site in Green Belt land.

David Curtis, from New Road, has applied 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.

The land is in Green Belt and the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it is currently unused.

In a Design and Access statement penned by agent Ronald Perrin, George Clark of Geoarchitecture Ltd and Mr Curtis, it said three of the permanent pitches will be rented out and Mr Curtis and his wife will live in a warden's pitch.

The statement said: "Its main purpose is to provide a number of transit pitches for gypsies wanting a pitch on which to stay for a limited period of time. Transit sites are needed for a variety of purposes, including travelling in search of work, sometimes to fairs, missions or other events, for family occasions such as weddings and funerals, and simply just to holiday."

It is proposed the site will be screened by existing and proposed bunds. The statement addresses a need in the Wycombe district for more travellers' sites.

An Interim Policy Statement identified two sites as suitable for permanent sites to meet short term need- Dry Banks, Oxford Road, Stokenchurch and Five Oaks Farm in Studley Green. No development has taken place at Dry Banks and Five Oaks has received retrospective planning permission and is privately used by the present applicant's family but it is full to capacity and will not be extended.

The statement added: "In my experience, it is the 'norm' for gypsy caravan sites to be located in countryside locations, usually not too far from a village or town. They are rarely located in urban areas. Where the countryside is in a Green Belt, as is often the case around the Metropolitan Area, they are covered by that designation as well. Frequently there is no alternative, and the need to make provision often outweighs the harm caused to the Green Belt."

Mr Curtis and his wife, Caroline, are gypsies and are well established in the local area.

Chairman of Lane End Parish Council, Mike Detsiny, said: "I can't anticipate what the council will do. It is nothing to do with whether you are in favour of travellers or not. It will only be looked at on planning grounds. In the past we have rejected any application for anything on Green Belt."

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1:16pm Thu 2 Jan 14

gungun says...

Here we go again! an application for 9 pitches that if approved will be flouted almost immidiately. Produce will be stolen from the allotments with feral children breaking into every available shed. I even see the site plan has the provision for recycling bins, no doubt storage for the lead from my roof, that will be liberated by "holidaying" travellers.

The local pub will lose all normal trade as the intimidating menfolk menace their way into making it their personal drinking club, offering to fight anyone who is opposed to their activities, whilst the offspring will trot up and down the road on a selection of Pony and traps that will be kept in the planned stable blocks on the site.

And what of our green belt?

If you thihk the above is an exageration, then think again, it happens now locally, this will only serve to increase it.
Here we go again! an application for 9 pitches that if approved will be flouted almost immidiately. Produce will be stolen from the allotments with feral children breaking into every available shed. I even see the site plan has the provision for recycling bins, no doubt storage for the lead from my roof, that will be liberated by "holidaying" travellers. The local pub will lose all normal trade as the intimidating menfolk menace their way into making it their personal drinking club, offering to fight anyone who is opposed to their activities, whilst the offspring will trot up and down the road on a selection of Pony and traps that will be kept in the planned stable blocks on the site. And what of our green belt? If you thihk the above is an exageration, then think again, it happens now locally, this will only serve to increase it. gungun

1:44pm Thu 2 Jan 14

I know who I am says...

We already have one in Stokenchurch we don't need or want another one
We already have one in Stokenchurch we don't need or want another one I know who I am

1:45pm Fri 3 Jan 14

tigeran says...

I know who I am wrote:
We already have one in Stokenchurch we don't need or want another one
I can't imagine anyone wanting ANY let alone another!
[quote][p][bold]I know who I am[/bold] wrote: We already have one in Stokenchurch we don't need or want another one[/p][/quote]I can't imagine anyone wanting ANY let alone another! tigeran

2:22am Sat 4 Jan 14

Dickitdo says...

This land is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it is Greenbelt Land .Why should any persons be allowed to desecrate this land . Once any Greenbelt land is built on ,that ground is lost for what it is meant for. That is for the production of food for our ever increasing population. I agree with all the above comments especially GunGuns comments.
This land is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it is Greenbelt Land .Why should any persons be allowed to desecrate this land . Once any Greenbelt land is built on ,that ground is lost for what it is meant for. That is for the production of food for our ever increasing population. I agree with all the above comments especially GunGuns comments. Dickitdo

11:01am Sat 4 Jan 14

tigeran says...

Dickitdo wrote:
This land is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it is Greenbelt Land .Why should any persons be allowed to desecrate this land . Once any Greenbelt land is built on ,that ground is lost for what it is meant for. That is for the production of food for our ever increasing population. I agree with all the above comments especially GunGuns comments.
Pykies could desecrate anything, they are repulsive bio entities.
[quote][p][bold]Dickitdo[/bold] wrote: This land is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it is Greenbelt Land .Why should any persons be allowed to desecrate this land . Once any Greenbelt land is built on ,that ground is lost for what it is meant for. That is for the production of food for our ever increasing population. I agree with all the above comments especially GunGuns comments.[/p][/quote]Pykies could desecrate anything, they are repulsive bio entities. tigeran

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