Decision due on travellers’ site proposal

Plans: The travellers want to extend their stay on Hut Lane for four more years

Plans: The travellers want to extend their stay on Hut Lane for four more years

  • Decision due on travellers’ site
  • Family bidding to stay for further four years
  • 99 supporting comments; 58 opposing the application
  • Family won temporary permission to stay in 2013
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A FAMILY of travellers will find out tomorrow whether they can continue to stay on a controversial site in Chorley.

The Linfoot family want to extend the temporary planning permission they have for land on Hut Lane, Heath Charnock, for a further four years.

We don’t feel two-and-a-half years will be adequate

Michael Linfoot

They can currently have two mobile homes and three touring caravans and the plans seek permission for two more caravans for family members.

The planning application will be considered tomorrow by Chorley Council’s development control committee.

The council has received 157 comments, with 99 in favour of the plans and 58 against.

It is recommended that approval is granted for two-and-a-half years – not the four years proposed – as there are plans for a permanent site at Cowling Farm in Chorley.

But applicant Michael Linfoot believes more time is needed before the site at Cowling Farm is ready.

He said: “We don’t feel two-and-a-half years will be adequate and that’s why we went for four.”

The Linfoot family moved to Hut Lane in 2009 and after a four-year legal battle, temporary planning permission was granted for two years in 2013.

Among the considerations for the committee members will be new Government policy, which covered protection for greenbelt land, unauthorised sites and sites for people who do not travel.

Coun Alistair Bradley, council leader, said: “There are a number of changes within the document including the definition of a gypsy and the agent’s response to this new policy document has been sought. An update will be provided for the committee ahead of the meeting.”