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Showmen apply for permanent site

A new planning application has been submitted for a showman's site on Newstead Lane, Fitzwilliam.
Pictured: Renny Mulhearn with the proposed site/land behind him.
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A new planning application has been submitted for a showman's site on Newstead Lane, Fitzwilliam. Pictured: Renny Mulhearn with the proposed site/land behind him. h325b422

Plans have been submitted for a showmen’s site on green belt land in Fitzwilliam.

A co-operative of seven or eight families wants to buy the land on Newstead Lane if planning permission is granted by Wakefield Council.

Applicant Renny Mulhearn is a fourth generation showman who plans to live on the site with his family. Showmen gain their livelihoods by attending funfairs.

Mr Mulhearn, 47, a planning and education representative for the Yorkshire section of the Showmen’s Guild, said plans for showmen’s sites on green belt had been approved when special circumstances were proven.

He added that a need for sites had been identified in the Wakefield district.

Mr Mulhearn, who currently lives on a site in Ryhill with the land owner’s permission, said: “If we get planning permission we will purchase the land. Just like everyone else we want somewhere to live, a permanent home which we will be able to pass on to future generations.

“We won’t cause any trouble, the Showmen’s Guild regulates us and if we do cause a nuisance we are answerable to them.

“They can impose fines and revoke our licence which would mean we can’t take part in fairs and it would ruin our reputable family names.”

A spokeman for Wakefield Council confirmed that a planning application had been received.

 

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