Gypsy site plan to be stopped?

Councillors Maureen Cummings and Albert Manifield are fighting proposals for a gypsy site on land between The Grove and The Balk in Walton

Councillors Maureen Cummings and Albert Manifield are fighting proposals for a gypsy site on land between The Grove and The Balk in Walton

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PLANS to build a travellers campsite in Walton look set to be scrapped.

Villagers were facing the development of an 18-pitch travellers’ site on land between The Grove and The Balk, after they fought off plans for a 250-bed care village on the same spot last year.

But at a public meeting in Walton Village Hall last week, a large majority said they would prefer the care community over a travellers’ site if it could be reduced in size.

This week landowners Hanover Developments Ltd announced a revised plan for a 129-bed care village would be submitted to Wakefield Council this week in response to public feeling.

Hundreds of people voted unanimously against the travellers’ site plan at last week’s meeting, and more than 30 letters of objections have already been sent to the council.

Coun Maureen Cummings, who was at the meeting, said: “The alternative development was discussed and the village did seem to think it would be a more preferred option to the gypsy proposal.

“I will certainly be looking at it when it has been submitted and will take into account the views of residents who live nearby.”

A spokesman for Hannover Developments Ltd said the revised care village plan would include community facilities open to Walton residents over the age of 55.

He said: “This has come as a result of a number of conversations and dialogue with the parish council and Walton Action group.”

The new care village would still need to be granted planning permission before construction can begin.