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Villagers anger at 'illegal' caravans

FUMING residents in Hampton-in-Arden are worried that travellers are preparing to set up an illegal caravan site in their area.

FUMING residents in Hampton-in-Arden are worried that travellers are preparing to set up an illegal caravan site in their area.

Two caravans have been situated on Shadow Brook Lane for over three years, but residents fear the numbers could rise as the current occupiers are laying down hardcore in preparation for new arrivals.

A retrospective planning application for use as a caravan site was refused in 2005 and an enforcement notice issued, but temporary planning permission was granted on appeal by the then Secretary of State, John Prescott.

Solihull Council confirmed yesterday it was aware of the development work and that it was in contravention of planning regulations, but said no action had been taken against those responsible.

One resident who wished to remain anonymous said the travellers have never caused them any problems but feels it is 'disgraceful' how they are breaking planning rules.

"They are cutting down trees and extending the land wider.

Surely that's against planning rules.

"Lorries come bombing down the road every day and the ground work has been going on for weeks.

"It's obvious that they want to move more caravans onto the site."

We spoke to a few men on the site who were digging up the ground to find out more but they refused to reveal their plans.

One man who wouldn't give his name told us to speak to the council because they are 'sorting it'.

"We're just the workers, we don't know what's going on. Noone here can tell you anything."

Area Planning Officer, Lawrence Osborne said: "We have been made aware of a traveller's site that has been set up on private land on Shadow Brook Lane and officer's have been out to visit the site to investigate the matter.

"A breach of planning control has been identified and the Council has requested the sub-mission of a formal planning application."

 

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