Land at Main Street, Balderton, where plans for Traveller site submitted now occupied by caravans
Land off Main Street in Balderton where plans for a Traveller site have been submitted is now occupied by caravans.
Machinery spotted at the site on Wednesday, September 3, showed construction equipment including a digger and shovels - with one person holding a drill.
The Advertiser has been contacted by concerned residents who feared work had already started despite planning permission not yet being granted.
One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “A lot of people are not happy about this application.
“It is not suitable. The road is already busy and when the new school opens there will be buses as well, and people drive fast along there.
“There has already been accidents down there, none fatal, but it is only a matter of time.
“Also, I would question the safety of the site. It is right next to the A1 and if there is a crash and the vehicle goes over the crash barrier, it could land in the site.”
Roger Blaney, Newark and Sherwood District Council planning committee chairman, said: “The council is aware that works have been undertaken to change the use of vacant land for the siting and occupation of caravans and that as of today (Thursday) the land is now being occupied.
"The land currently has planning permission for six apartments, however an application for planning permission for the ‘Material change of use of land for stationing of caravans for residential occupation with associated development (new access, hard standing, utility block) part retrospective’ has been received, is being considered and will be determined in the normal way.”
A planning application, part retrospective, has been submitted for a Gypsy and Traveller site on land granted planning permission for flats.
The application has been submitted to Newark and Sherwood District Council for the material change of use of the land off Main Street, Balderton, "for stationing of caravans for residential occupation with associated development (new access, hard standing, utility block) part retrospective."
Balderton Parish Council objected to the proposal on highways grounds. Committee papers read: "The entrance to the site is very hazardous with little room to turn into Hollowdyke Lane when travelling from an easterly direction.
"Main Street is effectively a single track road in that vicinity, owing to the parked vehicles from adjacent dwellings."
The application has been made by landscaper Patrick Doherty for him, his wife and their four children and the agent is the leading leading Gypsy and Traveller site planning consultant, Alison Heine.
The application says the Dohertys have lived on an unauthorised site on Tolney Lane for the past seven months but don't want to remain there because of the flood risk.
Prior to that, they were living on a site at Radcliffe that was said to be overcrowded.
The application says a day room would have the appearance of a bungalow and be far less imposing than the two-storey apartments granted planning permission for the 0.8 hectare site in 2018.
It says it is part retrospective as vegetation has been cleared, hard standing added an the site enclosed by fencing.
It argues that there is strong need for an increased number of Gypsy and Traveller pitches in Newark and Sherwood to help meet demand.