Move to extend travellers’ site at Haldon

By Ellen Grindley in Environment

PLANS have been revealed to extend the travellers’ and gypsy site at Haldon.

Teignbridge Council want to increase the size of the existing site at Haldon ridge, which opened four years ago, to allow three more permanent pitches.

A planning application has been submitted for the additional plots which are earmarked for land to the west of the existing site.

These will add to the 15 existing pitches.

Between 2013 and 2033, Teignbridge Council is aiming to provide at least 70 pitches for use by gypsies, travellers and travelling showpeople.

A statement to planners says: ‘With the enlargement of the existing site, an additional three permanent pitches, each containing its own amenity building and parking for two cars, can be accommodated.

‘The proposed new pitches will enable three more households to live at Haldon on an authorised, managed and licensed site with appropriate facilities.’

Residents will have to sign an agreement to lease a pitch, pay rent and council tax and comply with the requirements of the pitch agreement.

Teign Housing currently employ a site manager specifically for the site.

A new vehicle access is also planned.

Architects Gale and Snowden stated: ‘There is a desire to construct three new pitches and amenity buildings which are sensitive to their woodland surroundings and to build exemplar environmentally friendly amenity buildings.

‘The amenity buildings are to be designed to the high standards of energy efficient design and detailed with natural products that are in keeping with a woodland setting and with the existing buildings on the adjoining site.’

Current residents have been asked their views and have said they would like larger pitches than those currently provided.

They would also like roads and parking spaces big enough to allow room to manoeuvre large vehicles and parking for visitors.

They also asked that pitches are located away from the road.

Their requests have been taken into account in the scheme design.

Each pitch will have metered water and electricity supplied and an amenity building providing a wet room with shower, basin and toilet, a utility area with space and plumbing for a washing machine and storage space.

There will also be two parking spaces, a water butt, log store and a small garden area with space for a clothes drier.

The application will be determined by members of the planning committee.

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