Planning officers recommend refusal of Claydon travellers’ site application

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

Planning officers have recommended representatives in Mid Suffolk refuse an application for a travellers’ site in the district.

Mid Suffolk District Council’s development control committee meet on Wednesday to decide whether to grant permission for land adjacent to Claydon Hall Cottage and Corner Cottage in Church Lane, Claydon, to be used by travellers.

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

Within the documents attached for the meeting are comments from Claydon Parish Council, who strongly objected to the application.

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

The report says full planning permission is recommended to be refused because the proposed access onto Church Lane to serve the development are considered to be “inadequate” to ensure the safety of road uses of Church Lane, against the objectives of the district council’s local plan, and national planning policy framework (NPPF).

It also says: “The proposed development is accessed from a rural highway in the countryside without footway or street lighting into the village of Claydon.

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“As such that it would not be reasonable to expect occupants of the site to choose to walk or cycle to access services and facilities for day-to-day life and they would therefore be highly dependent on private cars.

“In this respect the proposal is considered to be an unsustainable form of development contrary to the objectives of the NPPF and planning policy for traveller sites.”

The meeting takes place at the district council chamber in Needham Market, starting at 9.30am.