Traveller site extension proposed for wooded area

PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 July 2014

North Somerset Council needs to build more houses.

North Somerset Council needs to build more houses.

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PROPOSALS to extend a gypsy and traveller camp have been submitted to North Somerset Council's planning team.

Willowmead Caravan Park in Moor Lane has been in the community more than 20 years.

North Somerset Council is in the process of finding an extra 60 pitches across the district before 2016 to fit in with Government policy.

The Weston site, which is just larger than an acre, currently has five pitches and a communal play area and amenity block.

The two new residential pitches would be built in the woodland area, where there is dense vegetation, bushes, small and mature trees.

The site is adjacent to the Green Pastures veterinary surgery and Stormont Court, but at present is shielded by landscaping.

The Environment Agency says the land falls in medium and high risk flood zones.

Its report said: “The flood zones are designated without consideration to sea defences as there will always be a residual flood risk. If the defences were to overtop or breech, sites behind the defences would be at risk of inundation.

“Therefore, this development is not in accordance with the Government’s flood risk guidance.

“The site is outside the flood plain of the Uphill Great Rhyne, therefore the main issues will be any localised flood risk from surface water or ineffective drainage channels.”

However, the agency said it would not object if the council approves the application because of its minimal size.

In addition to extending the site, improvements are planned to the communal amenity blocks.

These include replacing old kitchens and bathrooms, redecorating, upgrading electrics, improving boundary fencing and other general site improvements.

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