Traveller site plans for Clifton agreed despite widespread opposition

The plans were agreed by Central Bedfordshire Council.

The plans were agreed by Central Bedfordshire Council. - Credit: Archant

Plans for a five pitch traveller site in Clifton have been passed – despite more than 190 objections to the application.

Central Bedfordshire Council’s development management committee agreed the application for the proposed new sites at River Oaks in Stamford Lane, Clifton, ignoring strong concerns from those living nearby.

Councillor Richard Wenham, who represents Arlesey, said: “There was a very good turnout of residents. I made a very strong case, but I am very disappointed residents legitimate concerns were ignored.

“I am disappointed the committee did not put weight on the legitimate concerns of residents.”

A spokesman for the council said: “The council’s development management committee carefully considered many different factors, including feedback from residents and the health and educational needs of the site’s potential occupants, before deciding to grant planning permission.

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“Government legislation and guidance dictates that any need for gypsy and traveller pitches must be a factor when considering such applications, as well as things like their impact on the area and neighbouring properties.

“While national policy advises the number of new traveller sites in open countryside should be strictly limited, there were no technical objections raised to the application, such as flood risk or highways, and the balancing exercise undertaken in reaching a decision tipped in favour of the development. The permission is subject to certain conditions, including one which lists those people permitted to live on the site.”

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