Essex

Laindon traveller site rejected, eviction to go ahead

Grattan Puxon visiting a caravan
Image caption The Laindon plans were put forward Grattan Puxon of the Dale Farm Housing Association

Plans for a traveller site in Essex have been rejected.

Basildon Council's development control committee voted unanimously to reject the plan for 12 travellers pitches at Church Road, Laindon.

It also agreed to proceed with plans to evict half the families living at nearby Dale Farm, the UK's largest travellers community.

The meeting made the decision after considering the personal circumstances of some of those faced with eviction.

The Laindon plan was put forward by Grattan Puxon from Dale Farm Housing Association who is seeking alternative sites for travellers to move to.

A report to the meeting stated: "Basildon is clearly a popular location for Gypsy and traveller communities compared to many other districts that have very small numbers of unauthorised caravans.

"The records for adjoining authorities of Chelmsford, Castlepoint, and Rochford show them having less than 20 caravans on unauthorised sites against the 214 recorded in Basildon.

"There are more caravans on unauthorised sites per hectare in Basildon than in any other district in the country, this is clearly not sustainable."

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