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Leeds-Wakefield traveller site plans in limbo

OPPOSED: Residents and councillors from Ouzlewell Green and Carlton stand in front of the proposed traveller site at Castle Gate, Stanley.

OPPOSED: Residents and councillors from Ouzlewell Green and Carlton stand in front of the proposed traveller site at Castle Gate, Stanley.

Plans for a permanent traveller camp on the Leeds-Wakefield border that attracted more than 1,200 objections are still in the balance.

Despite proposals being submitted for the 10-pitch site in Castle Gate, Stanley, back in January, a decision has been put on hold until traveller sites in Wakefield are reviewed.

The delays led many residents to assume that the application, which included building hard-standing landscaping and utility rooms on land next to the M62, had been refused.

Earlier this year the applicant amended the plans so a warden would be on site at all times, traffic and parking would be limited and any tenants complained about three times would be asked to leave.

Michelle Kidd-Tomlinson, from Carlton Village Residents Association, said: “I was led to believe that it had all fallen through and that it wasn’t going to happen. This is an on-going thing with Wakefield Council, they have always said they need more Gipsy sites and it’s one of those things that when it rears its ugly head again, people fight against it.”

More than 100 residents from both sides of the Leeds-Wakefield border gathered at a joint community meeting opposing the idea in Carlton in March.

Stanley Action Group member Vikki Stansfield, who lives just yards from the proposed site, said: “It still causes great concerns for local residents, however, we do understand that the process takes time and we are all hoping that the right decision will be made if everything is considered fully and that our greenbelt land will stay green.”

She said residents feared for the safety of children on the site due to its proximity to the M62.

In 2009 there was an estimated shortfall of 86 traveller pitches in West Yorkshire.

The landowner, who has English Romany Gipsy heritage, said: “We obviously still want it, we are just in limbo.”

A council spokeswoman was unable to confirm when the plans will go before the planning and highways committee.

Visit: planning.wakefield.gov.uk/online-applications and search 12/00208/FUL for plans.

 

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