North Derbyshire Traveler site approved despite concerns from residents
Approval has been granted to transform part of a plantation, off Pilsley Road, Danesmoor, into five travel sites.
The site is bordered by an existing Traveler site and the northern part of the Erewash Valley railway line between Chesterfield and Nottingham.
Planning documents submitted to North East Derbyshire District Council indicate that the location is currently used for ‘equestrian purposes’.
A design and access statement said: “Each location will accommodate one static caravan and one touring caravan. Drainage will be to a septic tank.
“Access would be taken from the existing access off Pilsley Road. “
The documents indicate that the site is necessary to meet the agreed requirements of the traveling community.
“In North East Derbyshire, the assessed need is for 15 additional locations between 2014 and 2034, of which six were to be provided between 2014 and 2019.” says the applicant.
“Since the start date of the Gypsy and Traveler Accommodation review in 2014, I have found no record of any permissions that have been granted for traveler sites.
“Seven applications for sites between one and 12 sites have been the subject of recent urban planning refusals.
“Currently, there are no other approvals pending for the Travelers’ sites in the district, and therefore the five-year supply requirement is not being met.
“This proposal will substantially meet this need. “
However, Pilsley Parish Council and neighboring landowners have raised a number of concerns with planning officials.
The parish council said it was concerned about the risk of flooding nearby Rother River locations and that the developers had not provided detailed reports on the impact on “local wildlife and ecology.” .
Resident Paul Heaton has said he would prefer all development to take place on brownfields.
“We must take into account the noise and light pollution of neighboring properties,” he added.
“I am concerned about the suitability of Pilsley Road to accommodate large caravans and associated vans towing and therefore entering or leaving the site.”
Sarah Brown said: “The positioning of this site will significantly disrupt a very scenic part of the countryside including trees, hedges and streams. “
North East Derbyshire District Council approved the plans conditionally on December 16.