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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Travellers allowed to stay in Askam despite concern

PERMISSION has been given for two residential caravans and a storage caravan in Askam – despite neighbour’s concerns.

The approval was granted on a temporary basis for a change of use of the land to allow the siting of the caravans in John Street, Askam.

The unanimous decision (10 votes) was made at a planning committee meeting on Tuesday to allow for the travellers to park up on the site.

It was granted despite residents’ concerns over its location as well as the effect on sewers and drainage in the area.

A resident in John Street, Askam said: “I object to this retrospective application in the strongest terms possible.

“The people came in the quiet of the night about two or three weeks ago.

“They were not there when I went to bed but were there the following morning.

“They got themselves well settled before applying for planning and the site was dug out and surfaced weeks ago.

“The site in question is completely unsuitable due to size and situation of the site concerned.”

Another resident in Park Avenue said: “There is a major gas supply pipe that is situated underground that may be affected by the increased use of the unmade road.”

A couple in Crossley Street said: “The track outside our house was never a road, but over the last few years there has been an increase in traffic and the condition of the track has significantly deteriorated, leading to enormous puddles of water when it rains.

“This will only get worse with the increased traffic to the pen at the bottom.”

Case officer Charles Wilton said: “We think it should be both temporary and personal to this particularly family.

“This is why I think it should be for 10 years.

“The applicant (Mrs Price) has ceased travelling and intends to reside permanently at the site.”

Mr Wilton’s conditions for permission included that no commercial activities take place within the application site including the storage of materials, disused vehicles and scrap and building work.

He also stated that any external lighting should be shielded so that it does not affect other residents.

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