Gypsy/travellers' site in Lutton could more than double in capacity, according to new plans opposed by neighbouring Gedney Parish Council
Plans to more than double the capacity of a gypsy/travellers' site in Lutton could provide an early test for South Holland's new Local Plan.
An application to increase the number of mobile home pitches at Green Acres Park, off Ropers Gate, Lutton, from four to nine face opposition from neighbouring Gedney Parish Council.
Each of the pitches would be able to accommodate three mobile homes and a new day room.
The plans also include turning three existing stables into dayrooms, the building of a new store and a new road to and from the site.
A statement from Parkin Planning Services, on behalf of the applicant, said: "The principle of this being a suitable location for a gypsy site has already been established through the granting of two separate planning permissions.
"Of the pitches proposed in this application, some are already occupied and it is intended that this application will regularise this situation.
"The existence of these unauthorised pitches demonstrates there is an existing need for additional pitches in the district and, indeed, support all of the new pitches proposed."
Successive planning permissions for two pitches each were granted by South Holland District Council in September 2013 and October 2015 respectively.
In its objections, Gedney Parish Council claimed that expansion work had already started at the site before planning permission was granted and that Green Acres Park itself had been ruled out as a gypsy/travellers' site in South Holland by the new South East Lincolnshire Local Plan, adopted by the district council on Tuesday.
The parish council also raised the risk of flooding at the site, in contrast to an assessment on behalf of the applicant which stated "the actual risk of site flooding being low".
A parish council spokesman said: "The Flood Risk Assessment with this application is considered to be inadequate given the proposed style of living accommodation within the site.
"There is a danger to life in the event of flooding and the council is extremely concerned that the lives of travelling community could be considered less important than those of the non-travelling community.
"It is very unusual for Gedney Parish Council to outline a planning objection in such detail and this should be considered as a mark of the deep and unanimous concern which was voiced regarding the current and long-term safety of the occupants of this site.
"Therefore, the council requests that this application is brought before the Planning Committee of South Holland District Council."
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