Gypsy site set to be approved

ST Marks Church Hall West Hill'New Plans for the proposed Gypsey Site'PA1105-10a'Paul Charlton & Rev Dave Chislett looking at the plans

ST Marks Church Hall West Hill'New Plans for the proposed Gypsey Site'PA1105-10a'Paul Charlton & Rev Dave Chislett looking at the plans

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a new gypsy site on Woldgate are expected to be given the green light today.

Planners have already recommended that the scheme to build a 22-pitch site to replace the existing one is approved by East Riding of Yorkshire councillors at today’s planning committee meeting at County Hall.

It was expected to be approved at an earlier meeting, but councillors voted in favour of more time for public consultation so a further exhibition took place on West Hill on February 1 to give more residents the chance to view the designs and register their opinions.

The public consultations have resulted in the site being moved from an initial location near the top of the hill off Bessingby Way, to a less visible area closer to the current site off Woldgate, but for some local residents, including Paul Jackson who farms the land adjacent to the site, this amendment did not go far enough.

“I’m resigned to it going ahead because that’s what is going to happen,” said Mr Jackson.

“But I do have issues with it, the main two being that it isn’t going to be screened properly and it basically tramples over existing planning laws.

“The land is open countryside, Grade II listed arable land.

“If someone wanted to build an ordinary caravan site on it, they’d have no chance, or they’d be told to set it in two or three acres of screening to blend it in to the area. That isn’t happening with this site and it will be an eyesore,” added Mr Jackson.

The council has secured £1.4million in government funding to pay for the site and says it is necessary to meet its obligations in providing for gypsies in the East Riding.

It will replace the existing Woldgate site which is over 20-years-old and has been deemed unsafe by consultants due to it being built over an old landfill site which is now leaking toxic substances.