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Councillors urged to reject plan for new traveller site in Stonnall

A report has urged councillors to block proposals for a new traveller site in Stonnall.

Gravelly Lane in Stonnall. Pic: BrownhillsBob

Gravelly Lane in Stonnall. Pic: BrownhillsBob

Plans have been drawn up for land in Gravelly Lane to house six caravans and a day room.

But a report to Lichfield District Council’s planning committee next week has recommended the development be refused planning permission.

Objections had been raised by Shenstone Parish Council, while local residents have written almost 300 letters to planning chiefs. Meanwhile, Staffordshire County Council’s Highways Department has also advised refusal due to Gravelly Lane not being wide enough for two vehicles to pass and issues around visibility on the road.

“The development, by reason of its location in a predominantly green field site and due to its nature would have a detrimental impact on the character and appearance of the Green Belt.”

The new site had been planned to allow four families living in the Cannock area to relocate.

But while the report explains the development would not impact on neighbours, it says the proposal is not acceptable.

“The scheme is located within the West Midlands Green Belt, where gypsy and traveller development is considered to be inappropriate,” it adds “The application has failed to demonstrate any over-riding special circumstances to justify the harm caused to the Green Belt.

“The proposal does not beet the requirements and site allocation criteria of the Lichfield District Local Plan Strategy.

“Additionally, the proposal is unacceptable on highways grounds due to the intensification of a substandard access with limited visibility and insufficient width at the site entrance.”

A decision on the plans will be made at the planning meeting on Monday (June 26).

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