Letters of objection to Great Oxendon Travellers pitches proposal

Significant opposition has been registered against a plan for seven Travellers’ pitches in the Harborough area.

A planning application was due to be discussed by Daventry District Council’s planning committee last night (Wednesday).

Applicant Mr J McCann wants to build seven Traveller pitches at Golden Stables in Braybrooke Road, Great Oxendon, which falls in Arthingworth parish. He wants to facilitate an extension to his breeding stock of horses.

Planning officers have recommended it for approval.

The Mail has had several emails from residents raising concerns.

Kettering Council received 55 letters of objection.

One woman, who asked not to be named, said: “The villages nearby are deeply concerned and a huge turnout is expected at the meeting.

“The application has been recommended for approval despite nearly all of the council’s Gypsy sites already being in our vicinity.

“In contrast, Kettering Council has ensured it has complied with the Government’s provision for Gypsy and Traveller sites through to 2020 which should protect the area from unauthorised developments.

“Ninety-five per cent of Daventry’s Gypsy and Traveller population are on Daventry’s border at Justin Park.”

Harrington, Arthingworth and Braybrooke Parish Councils have all objected, as has Kettering Council.

Maria Taylor, community manager at Daventry Council, said: “This application is being considered in accordance with the council’s normal procedures and is scheduled to be determined on its own merits by the planning committee.”