Gypsy family’s caravan dream

A GYPSY family who are trying to get planning permission to put six caravans on a field off Chatteris Road in Somersham has put forward another application. Permission for a similar project was refused by Huntingdonshire District Council at a meeting in S

A GYPSY family who are trying to get planning permission to put six caravans on a field off Chatteris Road in Somersham has put forward another application.

Permission for a similar project was refused by Huntingdonshire District Council at a meeting in St Ives in November.

At the time, the applicant, Fred Adams, told the council's development control panel that he wanted to use the land as a home for members of his extended family.

He added that he was a genuine Romany Gypsy and it went against his beliefs to live in a house.


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Mr Adams said he planned to sell his house in Stukeley Meadows and use the money to develop the site to include six pitches, a roadway and hardstanding on the field, which is more than a mile from the centre of the village.

However, district councillors decided that access from the site to the main road would be dangerous and that the site would have an adverse impact on residents, businesses and the character of the area.

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Mr Adams has now altered the planned access to the site with a view to gaining planning permission for the scheme.

Somersham Parish Council, which also objected to the original development on the grounds that it would be unsustainable, will consider the plans at a meeting on Monday, February 4, before they are put before HDC.

No one from the agents acting for Mr Adams was available as The Hunts Post went to press.

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