Families of travelers pleading to stay on an “illegal” website that appeared overnight.


Families of travelers pleading to stay on an “illegal” website that appeared overnight.

TRAVELING families are making a last-ditch effort to spend the night on an “illegal” caravan site made of rubble.

More than 230 people objected to the application in Blackbrook, Staffordshire, for reasons including highway safety, inappropriate development in the open countryside, and flooding concerns. Since the approximately 16 travellers – including children – scrambled to build their site from 700 tonnes of rubble and fencing on a remote field, they’ve had two planning permission applications rejected by the council.

Permission was sought for four pitches, four amenity buildings, a stable, and hardstanding in the most recent application.

However, Newcastle Borough Council, which the Conservatives won for the first time in decades this month, turned it down, claiming that the field near a garden centre is an “unacceptable location for residential development.”

According to Stoke-on-Trent Live, the travellers have filed an appeal, and a hearing in the county will now last four days.

The council’s Jack Smyth spoke on Tuesday about “the reprehensible manner in which the site was established.”

“While the planning system allows retrospective applications, the Government recently changed the guidance so decision makers can consider the manner in which the planning control breach occurs,” he told the inquiry.

“The gypsy traveller site’s establishment was clearly calculated and well-planned here.”

The High Court was concerned enough about the possibility of further work being done to expand and entrench the site that it issued an injunction to stop the ring and prevent further breaches.”

“The appellants’ unattractive compliance track record reflects poorly on them,” he added.

The appellants are unlikely to apologize for their actions, according to the council; defiance will most likely be the norm.

“The council remains steadfast in its belief that the site is in an unsuitable location for residential development.”

If the appellants had consulted the council before establishing the unauthorised site, they would have discovered that it is located in a sensitive area of the local landscape.

“A local landscape planning designation provides protection for the site.”

The unpermitted development has a negative impact on the neighborhood’s character and appearance.

The two-meter-high acoustic fence, in particular, is a striking and out-of-place feature.

“Because the site is off the A53, its residents will be reliant on personal automobiles.”

There is no feasible public transportation option for the site.

“News from the Brinkwire.”


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