Datchet travellers’ site plan recommended for refusal by planning chiefs

From the Windsor Observer:

Plans for a contentious travellers’ site which have divided a village have been recommended for refusal. Royal Borough planning chiefs have suggested proposals for 10 pitches at a site in Mill Place, Datchet, be refused by the Windsor Urban Development Control Panel.

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Flooding concerns have been raised by planning officers about the site located on Green Belt and flood risk land, in the report due to be presented to the panel on Wednesday.

The report states:

“In terms of flooding, national planning policy classifies caravans, mobile homes and park homes intended for permanent residential use as a highly vulnerable use.  It further states that these uses should not be permitted in flood zones 3A/3B. Therefore on this basis, the development is not considered to be appropriate in this location.”

The panel will meet at the Guildhall, in High Street, Windsor, from 7pm to make a decision on the proposal.

Datchet parish council approved the plans in August despite two councillors, Ewan Larcombe and Ian Thompson, vehemently protesting the land would not be suitable due to flood risk.

Fellow councillor Denny Loveridge, whose son is one of the applicants for the site, rejected the flood risk arguing an assessment had been done by a professional.

The application has also received 24 objections, mainly focusing on flooding concerns, building on the Green Belt and fears over losing the character of the village.

The majority of the pitches are earmarked for families living on the existing travellers site in Mill Place. The Royal Borough’s cabinet in January gave the green light for planning applications to be made for the site.

At the same meeting, the council committed to finding 21 additional pitches in the Royal Borough by 2017, and a further 12 by 2027 with seven needed in the Datchet area by 2017 and 13 by 2027.

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