Application for travellers’ site in Claydon refused

The land on Church Lane, Claydon.

The land on Church Lane, Claydon. - Credit: Archant

Proposals for a travellers’ site to the edge of a Suffolk village have been refused by the planning authority.

Mid Suffolk District Council’s Development Control Committee ‘A’ met in the council chamber in Needham Market yesterday to discuss the application made for three static caravans and two touring caravans, for use by the travelling community, for land adjacent to Claydon Hall Cottage and Corner Cottage in Church Lane.

Two of the static caravans had two bedrooms, and one had three.

Among the developments were a single-storey building for amenities, installing boundary fences and developing new vehicle access and parking.

The application, made by Maria Jones, was refused on two counts, on the grounds of safety fears and the location not being sustainable.

Chris Studd, chairman of Claydon and Whitton Parish Council, said the application was on the site of a filled-in pond, and that there were drainage fears.

He added the “totally unsuitable” application had to be treated as an application for five homes.

Previous applications to develop in the area had been refused.

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Mr Studd added there were no footpaths, and that it wasn’t safe to walk along, as the road was used as a “rat run.”

Martin Last, who spoke on behalf of Mrs Jones, said: “This application is for just three static caravans and eight people – six adults and two children.

“The site would also be specific to these people, who are all from the same family.”

Mr Last added that if the travelling community were in a no-win situation, as if the application was in a more developed area there would be even more objectors.

Mr Last also said the applicants would take temporaray permission, if required.

Mid Suffolk’s ward councillor for Claydon and Barham, John Whitehead, said that members should be in no doubt about how controversial the application was.

Mr Whitehead added the views and comments matched that of the SnoAsis application.

He added that many residents took umbrage that they wouldn’t be able to develop their own homes in the area.

Ray Melvin, who is on the committee, said there was “no doubt” that a refusal was the correct decision.

The committee voted unanimously against the application.

After the meeting, Mr Studd said: “We’re pleased about the decision because it’s more building in an unsuitable area.

“I’m pleased for the residents that was refused.”

Mr Last said he would be going back to Mrs Jones to see whether she would like to appeal the decision.

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