Datchet will not fight planned Traveller park
From the Windsor Express: A new 10 pitch travellers’ site in Datchet came a step nearer reality on Monday. Datchet parish councillors decided by a large majority not to object to the planning application by Dennis Loveridge and Thomas Giles, who want to establish the site on a section of common behind Horton Road and Cobb Close in the village. Cabinet members on the Royal Borough have already indicated they favour Datchet as a suitable place for a new site. The village already has one in Mill Place and the borough is facing mounting pressure from the government to provide more spaces. But parish councillor Ewan Larcombe is furious at his colleagues’ decision – he abstained at Monday’s vote. He said:
“I maintain that this has not been properly debated. The majority of people in the village have been poorly represented by their parish councillors. We would not allow anyone else do set up homes on greenbelt land so why should an exception be made for travellers. There is no reason for releasing that piece of greenbelt land that backs onto peoples’ homes.”
But Cllr Linda O’Flynn, who chairs the parish council said that allowing 10 new pitches would help travellers who were already living in the village in overcrowded conditions. She said:
“It will not bring more people in but will help those who already live here and use the village’s facilities.”
The Royal Borough’s head of planning Simon Hurrell has already hinted at a public meeting that the estimated 82 traveller families living across the Royal Borough could count as exceptional grounds for overuling greenbelt policy. More than three quarters live in the Datchet, Wraysbury and Horton area.