Committee considered a report regarding 19/01228/FUL - Change of use to
a gypsy and travellers transit site, providing temporary
accommodation for travellers evicted from unlawful encampments.
Works will include installation of a perimeter fence with security
vehicle gate, a modular unit containing sanitary facilities,
erection of a secure bin store, and installation of external
lighting and CCTV.
Stephen Alexander, Head of City Planning, reported the following
updates since the agenda had been published:
further six letters of objection had been received and the reasons
for the objections were summarised within the report.
- The Urban Wildlife Trust had raised no objections to the
Head of City Planning outlined the report and addressed all
concerns that had been raised regarding the application.
further stated that the condition on page 21 of the report
regarding the maximum stay period was incorrect and should state
‘Maximum stay period 14 days and no return within twelve
Naseem addressed the Committee and spoke in opposition to
application. He alleged that two Members of the Planning
Committee had previously attended a Labour Group meeting where they
had voted in support of the proposed plans. In the interest of
fairness, he therefore requested that these Members be excluded
from voting on this item.
response to this, Councillor Keith Inston, Chair of the Planning
Committee, confirmed that Members of the Planning Committee had
voted in support of the consultation process not the application
Stephen Alexander, Head of City Planning, responded to the
statements made. He confirmed that the procedural issues had been
raised outside of the Committee and would be dealt with accordingly
and advised members of the Committee to consider the material
Michelle Caney addressed the Committee and spoke in support of the
Members of the Committee recognised the importance of securing a
site and whilst some Members felt the proposals were acceptable,
others expressed concern.
That planning application 19/01228/FUL be granted subject
to any necessary conditions including:
- Consent temporary for a period of 12 months (from first
occupation) in order to monitor the impact and level of
- Limit the use to use as a transit site for travellers who have
been evicted from unauthorised encampments within the
administrative area of Wolverhampton.
- Limit of use to 13 pitches.
- Planning permission expires should the site be sold to a third
- Management plan including limit of vehicles on site, vehicular
gates to be locked, daily use cars to be parked off site
- Parking layout.
- Landfill reports/recommendations including gas control system
- Submission and implementation of landscaping.
- Sustainable drainage.
- Wildlife/biodiversity reports/recommendations.
- Boundary treatment.
- Tree protection.
- Construction method statement - delivery time for shipping
- Footway crossing.
- Motor mover.
- Lighting detail –
including light spillage detail with respect to
neighbours and wildlife.
- Bin stores.
- Japanese Knotweed.
- Maximum stay period 14 days and no return within twelve
- Manager to be on site 24/7 when occupied.
Meeting adjourned 14.35