Residents raise concerns about proposed Gypsy site

First published in News

A PARISH council has agreed to object to an application to create a private Gypsy site on the edge of a village, on the grounds that it could "open the floodgates" to further developments.

Sadberge Parish Council heard from a number of residents who raised a number of concerns about the site, which lies off Middleton Road, next to the A66 flyover.

A Gypsy family who own the land, previously used for grazing horses, have entered retrospective planning permission to change the use of the land so that they can live permanently on the site, with two touring caravans and an auxiliary building.

A statement prepared on behalf of the applicant, to be submitted to Darlington Borough Council’s planning committee, states that the family is looking to create a settled base in the area to allow their three young children to go to school.

The statement adds that the caravans would not be prominent or intrusive in the local landscape and also points out that there is an absence of Gypsy sites in Darlington and that the family has a personal need for accommodation.

At the parish council meeting, a number of residents spoke against the application, arguing that it would have a visual impact on people living nearby, would be detrimental to the character of the village and could cause traffic issues on a busy road.

One resident said: “There is a huge contrast between what they are proposing and the character of Sadberge as a village. It could be seriously detrimental to the village.

“I would also imagine that if it’s granted then it would make it easier for future applications to be granted – this is the thin edge of the wedge.”

No date has yet been set for the application to be determined by the planning committee.

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7:06pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Spy Boy says...

Watch out for positive descrimination here. There are two sides to every argument unless you are personally involved. If it was good old Joe Soap that wanted to build this site up, would he be allowed to do it ? If the answer is Yes, then allow permission. If NO then deny it. Simples !
Watch out for positive descrimination here. There are two sides to every argument unless you are personally involved. If it was good old Joe Soap that wanted to build this site up, would he be allowed to do it ? If the answer is Yes, then allow permission. If NO then deny it. Simples ! Spy Boy
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9:52pm Wed 9 Jan 13

loan_star says...

Absence of Gypsy sites? Try Honeypot Lane or Neasham Road for starters. Or buy a house on Yarm Road like a lot of the others have.
Absence of Gypsy sites? Try Honeypot Lane or Neasham Road for starters. Or buy a house on Yarm Road like a lot of the others have. loan_star
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10:22pm Wed 9 Jan 13

John Justice says...

I am a little confused here. Are we talking about "Gipsies" or "Travellers"?.
I thought that as a result of the Politically Correct elite that all were classified under the heading of Travellers. If this family is looking for a settled base in the area could they not look to buy a house, settle down and use a caravan to tour as and when they desire?. How can a touring caravan also be classed as a permanent living arrangement?. Unless of course they want to live in a Static Caravan in addition to their two touring caravans which would make three caravans. What would the "auxilary building be ?. It is encouraging to note that this family, contrary to many
"Travelling " families as shown on recent television shows wish to have their children have a mainstream education, I commend them for that.
However it seems that this family, while wanting some of the benefits of the wider society also want to live as the "Travelling " society do. I personally find it difficult to reconcile the two different lifestyles. But then I live in mainstream society, am not a traveller and do not try to live two different lifestyles to suit my needs. Before any sarcastic comments arise
my thoughts are genuine and I understand fully the concerns of local residents over this matter.
I am a little confused here. Are we talking about "Gipsies" or "Travellers"?. I thought that as a result of the Politically Correct elite that all were classified under the heading of Travellers. If this family is looking for a settled base in the area could they not look to buy a house, settle down and use a caravan to tour as and when they desire?. How can a touring caravan also be classed as a permanent living arrangement?. Unless of course they want to live in a Static Caravan in addition to their two touring caravans which would make three caravans. What would the "auxilary building be ?. It is encouraging to note that this family, contrary to many "Travelling " families as shown on recent television shows wish to have their children have a mainstream education, I commend them for that. However it seems that this family, while wanting some of the benefits of the wider society also want to live as the "Travelling " society do. I personally find it difficult to reconcile the two different lifestyles. But then I live in mainstream society, am not a traveller and do not try to live two different lifestyles to suit my needs. Before any sarcastic comments arise my thoughts are genuine and I understand fully the concerns of local residents over this matter. John Justice
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