Haldon Hill travellers site given go-ahead

Haldon Hill
Image caption Haldon Hill has been used illegally by travellers for 11 years

Councillors are pushing ahead with plans for a permanent new travellers site in Devon.

Teignbridge District Council (TDC) feared the 15-pitch site at Haldon Hill near Exeter would be under-used and it would lose a £1.1m government grant.

But the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has told the council it would not withdraw the grant as long as the site was built.

Councillors voted to go ahead with the plans which were approved in April.

A report to the council said nine travellers on the site, which has been occupied illegally for 11 years, had found houses.

It also said there had also been 11 "expressions of interest" in living on the newly created site.

Philip Vogel, councillor for housing and planning, said: "I am very grateful to our partners for making this possible.

"A lot of residents with families just want to get on with their lives and I am pleased for them."

The council hopes that building will start in October.

Colin Molton of the HCA, said: "We welcome the fact that an agreement has been reached, and we will meet the council to discuss this project in more detail so that a scheme can be delivered which meets the needs of local people and delivers value for money."

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