to expand gypsy traveller site in East Huntspill are approved
to extend an existing gypsy and traveller caravan site to provide
additional accommodation in East Huntspill have been approved.
extra space will consist of two mobile homes, three touring caravan
pitches and the erection of a new utility block and associated works
at 2 Little Orchard in Withy Road, East Huntspill.
report on the application states: "This is an application for
an extension to an existing now established gypsy site at 2 Little
Orchard, Withy Road, East Huntspill."
"The existing gypsy site was allowed on appeal and this site
was then set up as a separate plot next to it. The site is fenced
off and appears as a separate plot to the existing plot but does
share the same access."
"Two mobile homes and three tourers are proposed, also a utility
block. The mobiles are to be sited behind an existing 4 metre high
hedge and ditch and cannot be readily viewed from Withy Road. The
utility block is to be sited to the north of the plot behind a two
metre high close boarded fence. A grassed paddock lies to the north
of the plot."
Huntspill Parish Council had objected to the scheme. "It has
a visual and economic impact on local neighbours," it said.
"This site is unsuitable for residential caravans, it should
not have increased numbers of units on the site."
"The proposal is in flood risk zone 3 and is contrary to policy
S4 of the SDC Core Strategy. The access is also inadequate it is
on a double blind bend, on an unrestricted road and it is considered
to be a danger to traffic and pedestrians."
Two letters of objection were also received from local residents,
citing that the site "is large enough and any further extensions
will only mean more families, more noise and more traffic on a dangerous
double blind bend."
Sedgemoor planners have approved the scheme this week, with conditions.
case officer said: "The site is surrounded by hedgerow and
only the top windows of a neighbouring property can readily view
the site and that is through tree cover of sorts. It is not agreed
that the site has an undue visual impact. If the use of the land
has decreased the value of neighbouring property this is hardly
quantifiable and in any case is not a planning issue."
"The site (as a whole including 'plot one') will have a net
increase of just one static mobile which is not harmful and will
count for meeting our targets set by the GTAA (Gypsy and Traveller
"The flooding issues were addressed at the previous appeal
by the Inspector and cannot be revisited or resurrected at this
point. It is duly noted that the Environment Agency maintain an
objection despite the previous appeal and this should be balanced
against the recognised need for gypsy sites in Sedgemoor. It should
also be noted that the applicants are relying on a flood risk assessment
which was produced for the appeal on the neighbouring plot which
was agreed with by the relevant Inspector. The balance falls in
favour of granting consent."