More consultation on traveller camp plans
PROPOSALS for two new legal traveller sites in Nechells have been withdrawn by Birmingham City Council.
The authority had identified land at the corner of Aston Brook Street and Hubert Street to accommodate four vehicles and the 80-space car park at the corner of Proctor Street and Rupert Street, to cater for another 15 vehicles.
Both sites, which would also have had their own utility blocks, were chosen due to their “ease of access to the transient community”.
The council has stated the move to withdraw the pair of planning applications was a temporary one ahead of further consultation to be carried out. The proposals had prompted concerns, particularly the one at Rupert Street where some felt it was too close to residential properties.
While opposition Conservative councillors criticised the Labour administration over the principle of creating further legal traveller sites, in addition to the current one at Tameside Drive in Castle Vale. Cllr Des Flood (Con, Bartley Green) said the authority was prioritising travellers over residents, describing it as an ‘unbelievable’ use of taxpayers’ money. Cllr John Lines (Con, Bartley Green) said the land should be used for housing instead.
A council spokeswoman added: “The withdrawal of planning application for two traveller sites is a temporary one. It is the intention of the council to consult in due course in respect of both of the sites in line with the Birmingham Development Plan 2031.”