Plans for Stanley traveller’s campsite called in by planning inspectorate

A group of residents in Stanley who have formed an action group in opposition to a proposed travellers site off Castle Gate
A group of residents in Stanley who have formed an action group in opposition to a proposed travellers site off Castle Gate

Plans to open a travellers’ campsite near Stanley will go before the independent planning inspectorate at a public hearing next month.

Developers lodged an appeal in June after their plans to build a 10-pitch site on land off Castle Gate was refused by a planning committee.

And Stanley Residents Group has urged people to attend the hearing at Wakefield Town Hall, on Wednesday, September 25.

Group secretary Vikki Stansfield said: “We have been against this development from the start. It is inappropriate development of our green belt land and we do not want this or any other development on this land.

“The M62 has just had a fourth lane opened as part of the managed motorway system, meaning that the proposed site would be just yards from the first lane of the M62.

“We would like as many people as possible to attend the hearing who are opposed to the application. They do not have to speak but by being there will show the inspcectorate who is not from the area that there is strong opposition against the development and that we would like to see our green belt unharmed.”

Fears of crime and disorder were raised at the planning committee meeting in January.

But the landowners said a warden would be on site at all times, maintaining the area and liaising with the council and police.

Next month’s hearing starts at 10am.