New battle to halt proposal for travellers site in Stanton Wick
Residents are preparing to fight a planning application for a travellers site on a former colliery in Stanton Wick.
The application for 12 pitches and 12 day rooms with hardstanding areas, has been submitted by agents Ruston Planning on behalf of a private developer.
It is for the same parcel of land which had been suggested by Bath and North East Somerset Council as a potential gypsy and travellers site last year.
The proposal was dropped by the council following concerns that the land was in a green belt area, fears it was contaminated and worries the development could lead to highways problems.
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The application is for the Old Colliery Land, Wick Lane, which forms part of the Bristol Green Belt.
Chairman of Stanton Wick Action Group, Clarke Osborne, said the group had appointed a planning consultant to fight the scheme.
Mr Osborne said: "We will be opposing the application in many ways. It is of similar size and nature and on the same site as the proposal put forward by the local authority.
"Everyone feels a bit deflated about going through the same process of gathering objections to the application."
He said the appointment of a planning consultant to represent the group would ensure that planning objections and not emotional arguments were put forward.
Stanton Wick Parish Council is due to discuss the application at its meeting at 7.30pm tonight in the village hall.
Agent Simon Ruston said he did not wish to add anything to a report that had been submitted with the application.
His report says: "The site has been proposed as a gypsy and traveller site for some time. The planning authority has only identified the considerations of highways and visibility as being problematic."
The report says that these problems have been addressed through a detailed transport statement and arguments over viability were no longer relevant because a private developer was now involved.