Opposed traveller site in Somerset could be approved

A proposed traveller site containing six caravan pitches, a barn and stables has been recommended for approval in Somerset, with conditions attached.

The site along Newbury Lane near Coleford, Frome is being considered for development by the Conservative-led Mendip District Council later.

The three neighbouring parish councils - Coleford, Holcombe and Kilmersdon have all opposed the plans.

Approval has been recommended because of the local need for traveller sites.

In total there have been 91 letters of objection and 21 in support.

'Visibly intrusive'

The proposed location falls within Coleford Parish Council's area. The council said there had been seven previous refusals for development on the site.

It added that there was "significant strength of feeling" against the application with 124 residents attending the parish council meeting on 25 January.

Holcombe Parish Council said the barn and stables were "too high", "highly visible" and "out of keeping" with the area.

Kilmersdon Parish Council said the site was greenfield and "some distance from amenities", adding that the site would be "visibly intrusive" and "socially isolated".

Previous proposals dating back to 2006, to build a quad bike track, stable block and equestrian centre, were turned down by the district council.

Conditions attached to the proposal include building the site within three years of planning permission being granted, a restriction of one pitch per family, and no commercial activities allowed on site.

The decision will be made by the planning board on Wednesday.

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