Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Memorandum by South Cambridgeshire District Council (TF 62)

  The comments of The Showmen's Guild misrepresents the position in South Cambridgeshire. This Council has approved two applications for the use of land for the storage and maintenance of fairground equipment and the siting of mobile residential units. One site is at Whaddon and the other at Ickleton.

  As far as I am aware one other application has been submitted in the District. This was submitted in 1998 and initially proposed the use of approximately 2 hectares of land as a travelling showpeople's site involving 40 separate mobile home plots. It was subsequently amended to reduce the site area to cater for 12 family units only. The site had a history of planning enforcement relating to unauthorised siting of caravans and was located virtually opposite a designated travellers site. The application was refused and I enclose a copy of the decision notice so that you can see the reasons for that decision.

  The decision was made in the full understanding of the advice contained in Circular 22/91 but the particular history and circumstances of that site was not favourable to the application. The Council has been sympathetic to the need for winter quarters as evidenced by the two permissions on sites which would not normally have been considered appropriate for any form of residential development.

  I attach to this letter an extract from the Deposit South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 1999 as proposed to be amended concerning gypsies and travelling show people. Also attached are the three representations that were received at the Deposit stage. None of them are from the "travelling community".[11]

  The Council is always willing to assist in finding permanent sites although it is unlikely to own land for that purpose. As far as I am aware there has been no need to consider requisition of land for show people's sites. If the situation arose the matter would have to be considered in the usual way.

David Hussell

Planning Director

March 2000

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