Battle to save greenbelt land

South Elmsall council are objecting to proposed plans to allow a showman's site on land just off Field Lane, South Elmsall.'L to R) Deputy leader Bryan Capstick, Town mayor Peter Jordan, Council leader (& district cllr) Stephen Tulley.'h5282a121
South Elmsall council are objecting to proposed plans to allow a showman's site on land just off Field Lane, South Elmsall.'L to R) Deputy leader Bryan Capstick, Town mayor Peter Jordan, Council leader (& district cllr) Stephen Tulley.'h5282a121

Councillors are objecting to an application, which would see the formation of a new access road on the land off Field Lane, South Elmsall, and is set to incorporate fencing around the area to house caravans, vehicles, equipment, and storage areas.

The council is currently seeking legal advice about the application and the town clerk is hoping to get the matter considered at a public inquiry.

Coun Peter Jordan, the Mayor of South Elmsall, said: “This site is in an inappropriate location and is not sustainable. It is a prominent green belt location, adjoining a site of special scientific interest, and should be protected from development.”

The town council will give their objections to the council before the local development framework (LDF) is submitted to central government. The LDF identifies land for different purposes, including use for travelling showpeople, and is then studied by a independent officer who takes all opinions into consideration before deciding if the land is suitable for such use.

The application was submitted to Wakefield Council by Dorset based planning consultants Brimble, Lea and Partners on behalf of George Tucker. Mr Tucker was unavailable to comment. The application was a resubmission after the initial one was withdrawn.

A Wakefield Council spokeswoman said the application would be looked at by the planning and highways committee later this year.

She said: “A range of issues are currently being assessed, including the location of the site and its allocation within the green belt.

“Further, careful consideration will be given to the advice received from technical consultees and all letters of support, objection or comment received from members of the public.

“At this stage no recommendation for the application has been made. Separately from the planning application the council has been working with travelling showpeople groups to identify a site to meet their accommodation needs.

“This is part of looking for housing land for all the community as part of the local development framework. The council has carefully considered a number of alternative site options and consulted with local residents as part of this process.

SOUTH Elmsall Town Council is fighting to stop a travelling showpersons’ site being built on green belt land in the area.