Arlesey gipsy site planning application refused

An application to for an additional 14 caravan pitches on the Twin Acres site on Hitchin Road, Arles

An application to for an additional 14 caravan pitches on the Twin Acres site on Hitchin Road, Arlesey was rejected by Central Beds Council - Credit: Archant

An application to more than treble the size of a gipsy site has been rejected.

Planning officers from Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) yesterday (Thursday) declined a planning application to build an additional 14 caravan pitches on the Twin Acres site on Hitchin Road, Arlesey.

They felt that the size of the development, which currently had six caravans on, would damage the appearance of the site and the lack of adequate footpaths in the area would make it dangerous for pedestrians.

The decision was welcomed by members of Arlesey Town Council and Arlesey councillor for CBC Ian Dalgarno, who have always opposed the site’s expansion.

Cllr Dalgarno said: “I’m really pleased this application has been turned down. I, along with members of the town council, have always opposed its expansion. Central Bedfordshire Council planning officers have listened to the concerns of the town council and local residents over this site and taken the correct decision.”

In addition to welcoming the decision, Arlesey Town Council now also want any work that was carried out on the site pre-emptively to be removed.

Nick Daniels, chairman of the town council, said: “It’s good news. The whole of the town council and residents will be delighted with this decision. It is a rare success for the town.

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“We have been lucky the ward councillors have supported us and that the planning officers agreed with us and rejected the application.

“We wish that any works carried out on the site before the application was decided be removed and the site be put back to how it was before this application.

“There was an enforcement order in place on the site which was postponed pending the decision and now that it has been rejected we believe that this should be enforced.”