Tonight Mr Michael Berry is applying to Wrexham Council for permission to change a current single pitch traveller site in Brymbo to a four pitch traveller site. The current site is occupied by a single Gypsy and Traveller family, and the report to councillors states “Whilst planning permission has never been granted part of the application site has been occupied for a sufficient length of time for its use as a single pitch Gypsy and Traveller site to become lawful.”
The proposal requests “In addition to increasing the number of caravans sited on the land the development will also result in the change of use of land immediately to the north of the existing single pitch caravan site.”
The local Community Council opposes the application saying “it is an encroachment into the green barrier” and “the site is over capacity already and the fact that the occupant has already contravened the original permission should not be used to justify any further encroachment into the green barrier”.
Highways also recommend refusal of the application, warning that “traffic generated by the development would result in an increase in use of the northern section of Long Lane with consequent increase
in danger to road users.”
The Council have also received seven letters objecting to the proposal citing anti-social activities such as “public footpath regularly blocked up by rubbish/scrap”, “increased noise” and “since the current residents have resided the general littering of the lane and footpath has increased dramatically”.
The full report, which you can read here, also adds “The application proposes the siting of 4 chalets on the site. This will not only quadruple the number of static mobile homes but will also increase the site area by around 50% by extending the site onto land immediately to the north
which does not benefit from a lawful use for the siting of residential caravans. Whilst chalets are more homes capable of being moved it is likely they will be sited on the land on a semi-permanent basis and will therefore inevitably impact upon the openness of the Green Barrier. ”
The planning committee will also decide on the extra delivery times requested by the Cefn Mawr Tesco store – as we reported on here.
The full planning committee report can be viewed on this PDF, and can be attended this evening at 6:30pm at the Guildhall.
The planning committee will also receive a report from the Head of Community Wellbeing and Development regarding the Council’s Buildings At Risk lists and progress made (or not as the case may be!) , you can view the report here.