Temproary Travellers Site Approved
8:16am 10th May 2014
Proposals for a temporary traveller's site near Dorchester have been approved by Dorset County Council's Planning Committee.
The agreement comes on the condition that 24 hour security will monitor the site.
It's hoped the promise of security will quash any fears local residents have over anti-social behaviour and spoiling the landscape.
The Piddlehinton site, next to the Enterprise Business Park, is for 25 caravans and will be available to travelling families and gypsies between March and August.
There were strong local objections to the proposal, from Piddle Valley Parish Council, local residents, West Dorset District Cllr Jacqui Cuff and local county Cllr Jill Haynes.
The committee heard fears that the plan would spoil the local landscape, create possible conflict with the neighbouring permanent Gypsy and Traveller site and have harmful impacts on the local community and adjacent enterprise park.
However, committee members felt many of these concerns could be dealt with by a condition of round-the-clock security while the site was in use. This will involve the presence of private security staff, plus permanent CCTV cameras at both entrances to the enterprise park.
Work will now start on the land to prepare it for use this summer.
During the period of the planning permission, the county council will continue working with district and borough councils across Dorset to identify suitable locations for permanent transit sites.
It was used as a temporary site during the Olympics. 2012.