Traveller caravan site wins approval
jscott@thekmgroup. co.uk 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.
Steeds Lane, Kingsnorth