Travellers to appeal against decision to refuse plans for site in Bury St Edmunds

Woodland, off Rougham Hill, where the Delaney family had hoped to set up a permanent home
Woodland, off Rougham Hill, where the Delaney family had hoped to set up a permanent home
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A group of travellers who were refused permission to set up a permanent base on woodland in Bury St Edmunds are to appeal against the decision.

The plans by the Delaney, Casey and Collins extended family to set up a five pitch site at the eastern end of Rougham Hill were rejected by St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s development control committee earlier this month.

Councillors felt the application should not be considered before a masterplan for major development is adopted for the area and lamented the potential loss of community woodland.

The plans had also attracted concerns from residents who submitted several petitions and more than 40 objections.

Michael Hargreaves, the family’s planning agent, confirmed they would be appealing to the Secretary of State for Communities for an independent inspector to consider the plans.

He felt they had a ‘good chance’ of winning on appeal as he said the masterplan for the area needs to include a travellers site.

The council’s planning policy states ‘applications for planning permission will only be determined once the masterplan for the whole site has been adopted’.

However, officers had recommended the committee approve the plans due to the family’s ‘urgent actual need’ for a site.

The family have been living and working in the area for four years.