Traveller sites not imminent for Bexhill
PREFERRED permanent gypsy and traveller sites in Rother district do not immediately include Bexhill.
But sites at Beeches Brook, Battle; Greenacres Farm, Battle and Telegraph Point, Coldharbour Farm, Brightling, are to be taken forward to meet needs for travellers’ pitches up to and beyond 2016.
This follows site visits on January 18 and February 6.
A fourth site recommended for approval - at Cherry Tree Nursery, Flimwell - has been removed pending further investigation.
This was expected to include a visit from the council’s enforcement team to gauge the effect removal of existing polytunnels might have, as these helped to “disguise” a caravan already on the site. The outcome is to be reported back to Rother’s overview and scrutiny committee as soon as possible.
Principal planning officer David Marlow told Rother District Council’s Cabinet on Monday that, as of next month, the authority must maintain a five year supply of suitable sites.
Failure to do so would “carry great weight” with a planning inspector in any subsequent enquiry.
Mr Marlow said: “This is a very difficult situation. There are no easy choices.”
Council leader Carl Maynard acknowledged public concerns expressed in a host of emails, which he said the council had been grateful to receive.
Cllr Mary Barnes, whose ward includes Flimwell, said the proposed site there was “just not in the right place”.
She added that the prospect of it becoming a permanent site for travellers’ use had “caused a tremendous amount of anguish and disquiet to local people.”
A report to Cabinet said that in considering the various options available, members of the scrutiny committee felt they had been “stuck between a rock and a hard place”.
With no easy options, it was considered that those presented within the shortlist were the “reasonable” options.
Cllr Angharad Davies felt inclusion of Beeches Brook, Battle, could set a precedent.
Sites not visited included Actons Farm in Buckholt Lane, Bexhill, and part of a major allocation in north and/or west Bexhill.
Cabinet resolved that further consideration be given to the latter Bexhill option to meet the plan period requirement for 2028.
Search for a job
Search for a car
Search for a house
Weather for Bexhill-on-Sea
Sunday 19 May 2013
Temperature: 10 C to 15 C
Wind Speed: 10 mph
Wind direction: North east
Temperature: 12 C to 16 C
Wind Speed: 15 mph
Wind direction: North