Gypsy site held detrimental to community

Proposals for a Gypsy transit site on a paddock at a Lincolnshire farm have been refused permission after an inspector decided that it would undermine highway safety and community cohesion.

The 0.6ha site adjoined the appellants' existing permanent residential Gypsy site. The paddock would be subdivided to create eight pitches within their own compound and a 28-day limit would be imposed to limit each family's stay, the appellants proposed. The inspector noted that lanes leading to the site were relatively narrow and cars could not pass without mounting the verges. They were seldom wide enough to allow lorries or towed caravans to safely pass other vehicles, she found.

In her opinion, towing small and large caravans into and out of the site along narrow roads would cause further deterioration of their surface and foundations and exacerbate hazards for other road users. She noted that up to 40 people might live on the site at any one time. In the absence of public footpaths and bus services, she feared that the majority of residents would use their cars to access local facilities, contrary to the principles of sustainable development.

As site residents would significantly outnumber local residents, the inspector was concerned that they would not be peaceably integrated with the indigenous community. The proximity of the site to a pig farm and the general need to improve biosecurity to avoid spreading disease reinforced her view that the appeal should be dismissed.

DCS Number 100-050-804

Inspector Ruth MacKenzie; Hearing.

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