‘No’ to Travellers’ pitches plan

A planning application for Travellers’ pitches in the Harborough area was turned down by a council planning committee last Wednesday night.

There was significant opposition to the plan for seven 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, who debated the application for more than an hour, deemed it be “overdevelopment of the site” and “unsustainable due to the application being in open countryside”.

Charles Blake, speaking on behalf of Arthingworth Parish Council, said villagers were “extremely disappointed” the case officer had recommended it for approval and that it left them feeling “alienated” and “isolated”.

He said the location was “wholly unsustainable”.

The Mail had several emails from residents raising concerns and there were more than nearly 80 letters of objection.

Another of the speakers at the meeting said the application was expediency over probity and was undemocratic.

Harrington, Arthingworth and Braybrooke Parish Councils all objected, as did Kettering Borough Council.

An audio recording of the meeting is available to hear on Daventry Council’s YouTube channel.