Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Providing for Housing Choices Gypsies & Travellers Policy 11: Provision for the Gypsy and Traveller Community [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP840
Respondent Irene Tubbs ID-2155 [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted

I have recently reviewed the information relating to gypsy & traveller sites in your planning consultation document where exceptional circumstances could apply (i.e. green belt land). I note with interest that a number of the sites you previously ear-marked for site recognition are not shown under the current 'final' consultation documents with detailed maps for local residents to review,, e.g button street, where you had previously ring fenced a number of locations under exceptional circumstances allowing 8 permanent sites. Are we now to assume that they are no longer designated as being of exceptional circumstances, indeed no longer being allowed to reside on green belt land? If so I question why the current gypsy residents (over 3 years) have been allowed and are still allowed to live there without planning permission. Indeed why the council have not yet removed them. Is this a back door route to further site permissions slipping into the legal domain after the main plan is formalised? If so that goes some way to explain why a large area of kent has pockets of land now owned by the traveller and gypsy community, which have been fenced exactly to the designated sizings of current definitions of space needed for Gypsy homes, usually with a horse in situ. I suggest they are waiting for a precedent to be set whereby they gain access to green belt under 'exceptional circumstances'. rules. If so and you do not want this you need to send 'scouts' out to review such sights and determine what can be done to stop huge areas of wonderful green belt land being built upon by those who seek only to profit from land they purchase cheaply which suddenly becomes worth considerably more when someone can live on it.