Travellers site plan back before council

Town hall planners will consider the application for a travellers site.
Town hall planners will consider the application for a travellers site.
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Proposals to use land in Blackpool as a travellers site are due back before planners after a fresh application for the scheme was submitted to the council.

Blackpool’s planning committee refused an application by Brian Jenkins in December for five caravans and two single storey buildings on a site on School Road.

Councillors ruled the impact of the scheme on neighbouring properties would be too great.

A new application has reduced the number of proposed caravans to three with one amenity building.

The committee is being recommended to approve the scheme when it meets on Monday.

A report to councillors says the existence of a need for a travellers site and the lack of sites “weigh heavily in favour of this application.”

The council has received 17 letters objecting to the application with concerns including loss of privacy, noise and loss of greenery.

But 11 letters in favour have also been received, including from neighbours St Nicholas’s Pre-School and Squires Gate Football Club.

According to documents submitted with the first application, Mr Jenkins had purchased the land from his cousin to accommodate family members.

It is proposed to screen the site from adjacent 

The report adds: “The building and caravans proposed would be visible above the fence line but would appear less cramped on the site than previously proposed, and given the numbers of caravans and buildings and their proposed siting, it is not felt they would be out of character with the street scene.”