Travellers’ site proposal passed
Travellers’ site proposal for Barmby Moor passed
Councillors on the Western Area Planning Sub-Committee heard the occupants wanted to expand so the elderly parents of one, who suffer from arthritis and epilepsy, could be cared for.
Plans submitted to East Riding Council stated the site would expand to house four static and three touring caravans at the site in York Road, Barmby Moor.
It would also house the eldest son of current occupants Mr and Mrs Harrison and make space for their younger children as they approach adulthood.
Further plans to allow up to 14 caravans for 28 days a year were dropped prior to the committee meeting.
Councillors heard a resident living next door to the site had objected claiming its drainage and sanitary facilities were not fit for purpose.
The resident also claimed it would be impossible to enforce limits on the amount of caravans allowed on the site.
Chris Kendall, who spoke for the applicants, told councillors the needs of both young and old travellers could only be met on that site with no alternative locations available.
Cllr Paul West, ward councillor for Pocklington Provincial which includes Barmby Moor, said some residents wanted the site to revert back to farmland if the family left.
Cllr West said: “There are concerns from neighbours. A lot of people would like to see the site return to what it was before.”
Barmby Moor Parish Council said the application should only be passed if those coming to the site were relatives of the current occupants.
Cllr Ros Jump said the plans should go ahead if council conditions were properly enforced.
Cllr Jump said: “It’s good to keep families together. If the conditions are strong enough then I’m happy with the plans.”
Applicants’ documents stated site occupants Mr and Mrs Harrison had three young children when they first got permission for the site on appeal in 2011.
Their son Sam has since left the family and has a partner, but the expansion would allow them to return to the site along with Mrs Harrison’s parents.
East Riding Council’s current Local Plan, drawn up in 2016 and active until 2021, states there should be 63 travellers’ sites across the district.