Plans for gypsy site submitted to Wakefield Council

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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VILLAGERS are preparing to fight plans to build a travellers’ campsite in Walton after an application was submitted this week.

A proposal has gone before Wakefield Council for an 18-pitch caravan site on a patch of land between The Grove and The Balk.

The plans were met with public backlash shortly after they were announced in June by planning consultant Matthew Green, also known as the Gypsy King.

An opposition group, Walton Action, has formed claiming the proposal is “inappropriate” and would divide their “tight-knit community”.

And people are now being invited to a public meeting at Walton Village Hall on Tuesday to discuss the planning application and how it can be challenged.

The planning report, submitted by Mr Green’s company Green Planning Solutions, says it would be a “temporary” development until 2022.

Access to and from the site would be through a single road joining The Grove.

In a letter of objection written to Wakefield Council, Coun Maureen Cummings raised planning policy and traffic issues, and said the village did not have the amenities to support a travellers’ site.

She said: “The facility would have a detrimental impact on the existing facilities in Walton.”

Plans for a 250-capacity care home on the same patch of land were fought by residents last year on the grounds that the development was too large.

Tuesday’s meeting starts at 7pm.