MP Dan Poulter opposed to proposed Travellers’ site in Claydon

The land on Church Lane, Claydon where planning applications have been applied for to install carava

The land on Church Lane, Claydon where planning applications have been applied for to install caravans and an amenities building. Photograph Simon Parker - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk MP has written to homeowners opposing a proposed Travellers’ site in the county.

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dan Poulter has written to homeowners in Claydon and Barham, along with Mid Suffolk District Council leader Derrick Haley, following concerns from residents.

The proposed site is on land adjacent to Claydon Hall Cottage and Corner Cottage in Church Lane, Claydon.

Among the developments are siting three static caravans and two touring caravans, as well as building a single storey building for amenities, erecting boundary fences and developing new vehicle access and parking.

In the letters to both residents and Mr Haley, Dr Poulter said he was “very concerned” about the application.

At the last public meeting held over the plans, around 300 people turned up to Claydon High School to air their views.

Dr Poulter added he didn’t consider the proposed location to be appropriate for a Travellers’ site, and that it wasn’t in the best interest of the Travelling community.

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Dr Poulter added that in his view it would be more sensible for the district council to work towards expand the existing Travellers’ site at West Meadows, on Bury Road near to the ASDA Ipswich superstore.

Dr Poulter said: “The ASDA site already has high quality facilities and established community links to properly deal with what are the sometimes complex health and other needs of the Travelling community.”

In response to the letter, Mr Haley said: “Mid Suffolk, and myself, are aware that a proposed Gypsy and Traveller site on land at Church Lane, Claydon, has raised concerns for residents in the area.

“Officers are currently considering all consultation and neighbour responses on the application.

“Because of the nature of the application it will be heard by Mid Suffolk’s development control committee and we expect this to happen in the spring.”