LISTEN TO AUDIO FROM MEETING: Plan for Travellers’ pitches is thrown out by committee

The planning commitee meeting was held at Daventry District Council's offices (above) last night.
The planning commitee meeting was held at Daventry District Council's offices (above) last night.

A planning application for Travellers’ pitches in the Harborough area was turned down by a council planning committee on Wednesday night – and you can now listen to all that was said at the meeting.

Click on the website link below to hear the audio file from the meeting. Daventry District Council has today released the recording from the meeting on its YouTube channel:

click here to go to the YouTube channel from Wednesday night’s meeting

It was the first application considered on the night and commences at 4 minutes and 24 seconds, running for about an hour and five minutes.

There was significant opposition to the plan for seven Travellers’ pitches at Golden Stables in Braybrooke Road, Great Oxendon, which falls in Arthingworth parish.

Applicant Mr J McCann wanted to build the pitches to ‘facilitate an extension to his breeding stock of horses’.

Planning officers recommended it for approval but the committee went against the recommendation.

Councillors threw out the plan, deeming it be “overdevelopment of the site” and “unsustainable due to the application being in open countryside”.

The Mail had several emails from residents raising concerns about the plan and there were more than 70 letters of objection.

One woman, who asked not to be named, said before the meeting: “The villages nearby are deeply concerned. The application was recommended for approval despite nearly all of the council’s Gypsy sites already being in our vicinity.

“In contrast, Kettering Borough 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 all objected, as did Kettering Borough Council.

Story by Alex Blackwell.

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