There are plans to allow a traveller site at a ‘gateway’ to Nuneaton.
Council-owned land on the corner of Tuttle Hill and Stoney Road could be used by a traveller family, with proposals to allow two caravans to set up there.
Residents in Stoney Road were informed of the plans in a letter, which you can read below, from Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council. The council suggest while a family has expressed a “wish to purchase or lease the land”, it could also be suitable for a housing development.
“They [the council] want to keep it quiet, this is a gateway to Nuneaton and they are going to allow travellers to live there,” said one resident.
“Only a few residents have been sent the letters, there are businesses nearby who knew nothing about this, they just want to rush it through, yet they [the council] don’t have to live with this.”
A spokesman for Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council said an options appraisal for the proposed sale, or grant of a lease of the site, is being considered and the public were being consulted.
They said all views would be carefully considered – but residents only have until tomorrow (Monday, September 1) to have their say on this plan.
“We only got the letter a week or so ago, plus there is a bank holiday, it is like they [the council] just want to railroad it through.” the resident added.
The council have said that planning permission allowing the site to be used by one family with two caravans granted in 2005 was “valid”.
But a resident added.”This planning permission was in 2005, I thought that there were rules that it did not stay active that long,”
“It says for one family with two caravans, but we all know what will happen, once they are on, more will come.”
There are 141 sites in the borough covered by an injunction banning travellers from setting up unauthorised camps on public land, which was granted by a High Court judge in March 2019.
Letter in full
The letter to residents reads: “The council owns a parcel of land adjacent to the Punch Bowl bridge on the corner of Tuttle Hill and Stoney Road.
“The land is disused and surplus to council requirements so it is looking at disposal by sale or leasing out.
“Council officers, your local ward councillors and local residents are being consulted and the purpose of writing to you is to seek your views and comments prior to the council deciding the future of the land.
“The council has received an enquiry from a family who wish to purchase or lease the land dor use as a gipsy/traveller site for one family.
“Please note there is existing planning permission in force, granted in 2005, for ‘use of land as a gypsy site to accommodate one family, to include a kitchen and sanitary facilities’ but permission is conditional on the occupier providing adequate access and turning facilities and no more than two caravans shall be placed on any third of the site at any time.
“Alternatively, the land would be suitable for residential development subject to obtaining planning permission.”
Borough council statement
Coventry Live contacted the Town Hall to raise the concerns of residents.
In a statement, a borough council spokesperson said: “The Council is undertaking an options appraisal for the proposed sale, or grant of a lease of the site and is consulting the public as part of that process.
“We can confirm that the site does have a valid planning permission and we urge residents to reply with any views to the email address provided or by post as stated in the letter.
“We can assure residents that we will answer all enquiries and will carefully consider all views that are sent in by residents.”