Trav­eller car­a­van site wins ap­proval

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements - By James Scott

js­cott@thek­m­group. A plan­ning in­spec­tor has over­turned an Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil de­ci­sion to refuse per­mis­sion for a mo­bile home and car­a­van in Kingsnorth.

Ret­ro­spec­tive plans for land off Steeds Lane to be used by a trav­el­ling fam­ily prompted nu­mer­ous ob­jec­tions and were re­fused in Novem­ber last year.

But in­spec­tor Sara Mor­gan al­lowed an ap­peal, fol­low­ing a site visit in June, grant­ing per­mis­sion for three years pro­vid­ing no fur­ther de­vel­op­ment takes place and no other trav­ellers move to the site.

The ap­pli­cant was Ben Ri­p­ley, a land­scap­ing con­trac­tor who also buys and sells horses, rep­re­sented by agent Brian Woods.

Mrs Mor­gan con­cluded: “It is ac­cepted by the coun­cil that there is no al­ter­na­tive site for Mr Ri­p­ley and his fam­ily to move to.

“If a plan­ning per­mis­sion for a tem­po­rary pe­riod of three years were to be granted, it would avoid Mr Ri­p­ley and his fam­ily be­com­ing home­less.”

It was added that there were no ad­di­tional de­liv­er­able trav­eller and gyspy sites in the pipe­line but that more sites might be iden­ti­fied as part of the coun­cil’s core strat­egy re­view.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM2673345

Steeds Lane, Kingsnorth

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