Blackburn travellers’ site growth bid brings protests

Blackburn travellers’ site growth bid brings protests

Blackburn travellers’ site growth bid brings protests

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A NEW row has broken out over the growth of a controversial travellers’ caravan site in Blackburn.

Jimmy Evans and his son-in-law, John Price, have applied for permission to make alterations to the development on a former coal merchants’ site at the rear of Vincent Street in Ewood.

Two nearby residents have objected to the plans and ward councillor Maureen Bateson expressed concern.

In July 2010 Blackburn with Darwen Council gave Mr Evans approval for two caravans, a chalet and an amenity block on the Acorn Park site. In September 2011 he asked for backdated permission to retain five caravans, a chalet, an amenity block and a WC building on the encampment which had been enlarged.

Hardstanding had been installed and fencing erected around the site. The four extra caravans were used by Mr Evans’ grown-up children.

The planning committee refused to approve the scheme but Mr Evans’ appeal was upheld by a planning inspector in 2012. The decision was reversed, giving the site official designation as a ‘gipsy caravan site’.

Now Mr Evans wants to replace the chalet with a bungalow and reduce the number of caravans on the site from the current four to three, retaining the existing utility building.

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His son-in-law John Price has asked for permission to use the neighbouring site of a former garage colony on Vincent Street for a touring caravan, mobile home and shower/toilet building to house one family.

The two applications will be considered by Blackburn with Darwen planning committee on Thursday.

David Andrew of Vincent Street has objected to Mr Evans’ application for the changes to Acorn Park, expressing concerns over drainage, access and parking.

Residents of another house in Vincent Street, Anne-Marie Leatherbarrow and Stephen Huckle, have objected to Mr Price’s application on the grounds of loss of privacy, loss of trees, poor highways access and parking.

Coun Bateson said: “I am aware of residents’ concerns and hope the committee will take note of them when in comes to its decision.”

Officers have recommended approval of both applications with conditions imposed.

Both Mr Evans’ and Mr Price’s agents said they were happy with the officers recommendations.

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9:15am Fri 23 May 14

Reasons says...

Travellers- the clue is in the word!!!
Travellers- the clue is in the word!!! Reasons
  • Score: 56

9:22am Fri 23 May 14

Black Car Guy. says...

Why is this being allowed?
I thought travelers lived in caravans and moved about and not stayed in 1 place.
Why is this being allowed? I thought travelers lived in caravans and moved about and not stayed in 1 place. Black Car Guy.
  • Score: 62

11:22am Fri 23 May 14

drunken donut says...

Honest gypsy an oxymoron.
Honest gypsy an oxymoron. drunken donut
  • Score: 25

12:15pm Fri 23 May 14

goz says...

These sites are springing up all over Blackburn and Darwen, there's even a caravan permanently parked on New Wellington St where they've bought a house. Do the usual rules not apply or is the council scared of upsetting them ??
These sites are springing up all over Blackburn and Darwen, there's even a caravan permanently parked on New Wellington St where they've bought a house. Do the usual rules not apply or is the council scared of upsetting them ?? goz
  • Score: 44

6:55pm Fri 23 May 14

wilddog says...

get a few caravans on Ewood too!
get a few caravans on Ewood too! wilddog
  • Score: 3

8:55am Sun 25 May 14

zabby says...

Is there room for any more
Is there room for any more zabby
  • Score: 2

12:13pm Sun 25 May 14

woolywords says...

I fail to see what your problem is here, as they are doing what they can to make a provision for themselves, where the Council are doing nothing.
The Council has singularly failed in it's duty to make provision for the increased numbers of travellers and so we now have this situation.
They have to go somewhere and yet, no matter where they go, they are pilloried.
Whilst the planning thing is done wrong, they aren't doing anything that many others have done in the past when it comes to retrospective permissions. Remember that dome on Burnley Road, that hadn't planning permission, along with the many objectors...it's still there.
It's seems as though the travelling community is damned if they do and damned if they don't, around here.
I fail to see what your problem is here, as they are doing what they can to make a provision for themselves, where the Council are doing nothing. The Council has singularly failed in it's duty to make provision for the increased numbers of travellers and so we now have this situation. They have to go somewhere and yet, no matter where they go, they are pilloried. Whilst the planning thing is done wrong, they aren't doing anything that many others have done in the past when it comes to retrospective permissions. Remember that dome on Burnley Road, that hadn't planning permission, along with the many objectors...it's still there. It's seems as though the travelling community is damned if they do and damned if they don't, around here. woolywords
  • Score: -2

2:04pm Sun 25 May 14

bigdee123 says...

they are gypsies. not travellers.
big difference.
they are gypsies. not travellers. big difference. bigdee123
  • Score: -3

3:31pm Sun 25 May 14

zabby says...

With the shortage of houses,and more people ,they could be plenty more camp sites popping up
With the shortage of houses,and more people ,they could be plenty more camp sites popping up zabby
  • Score: 0

1:27pm Tue 27 May 14

velocityowl says...

Do these people now pay council tax and water rates? I Think it's terrible what they get away with and our council just let's them do what they like.
Do these people now pay council tax and water rates? I Think it's terrible what they get away with and our council just let's them do what they like. velocityowl
  • Score: 2

9:45pm Fri 30 May 14

the white witch says...

People might not be happy with travellers but at least they are trying to make a home for the loved ones they have, and if the councils actually started to privide proper places for the travellers to settle on then the travellers would`nt have to just park up anywhere, after all the council gives immigrants big houses all benefits and the luxury of life and we are paying for that, at least the travellers provide thier own living accomodation.
Giving travellers land would be cheaper than giving houses.
People might not be happy with travellers but at least they are trying to make a home for the loved ones they have, and if the councils actually started to privide proper places for the travellers to settle on then the travellers would`nt have to just park up anywhere, after all the council gives immigrants big houses all benefits and the luxury of life and we are paying for that, at least the travellers provide thier own living accomodation. Giving travellers land would be cheaper than giving houses. the white witch
  • Score: 0

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