A traveller site in Bucks could get bigger under new plans – to make room for ‘growing families’.

Mr G O’Connor has submitted to Bucks Council a ‘change of use’ application for land at 128 Heath End Road, in Flackwell Heath.

Plans detail the ‘extension of the existing traveller site, to allow for the siting of five additional mobile homes’.

Bucks Free Press:

PICTURED: A map of the site and area.

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There is also mention of ‘two additional touring caravans, alongside the additional five pitches’.

The site has “permission for no more than six caravans”, according to council documents.

“One of the existing mobile homes is to be replaced to enable the development to take place,” a planning statement reads.

The site was granted planning permission at appeal, in 2012, and has an “extensive planning history”, documents state.

A day room, granted in 2014, is yet to be built.

There is also an existing enforcement appeal relating to an entrance gate.

Bucks Free Press:

PICTURED: A map of the site and area.

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“It is considered that the proposal is highly suitable for the application site, and that there is only conflict with the Green Belt,” a planning statement reads.

It adds: “The households originally occupying the site now have older children who have formed their own households and are in need of accommodation.”

It also states: “Whilst the application site lies within the Green Belt, and therefore constitutes inappropriate development, which is harmful by definition, it is submitted that there would be very special circumstances.”

Back in 2017, parish council members and residents raised concerns about ‘safety’ and ‘impact to the Green Belt’, in relation to extension plans that were given the green light.

The applicant is now awaiting a decision from Bucks Council.

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