Paddock objections

March 26 2021

MORE than 200 people have objected to plans to turn a paddock between Winterbourne and Downend into pitches for travellers.
The Voice reported last month that plans had been submitted to South Gloucestershire Council to provide pitches for two mobile homes and two touring caravans, along with two dayrooms in permanent structures, at the site at Bury Hill Lane, near Hambrook.
The land currently has permission for use in agriculture and the keeping of horses.
Spaces to park four vehicles on new hardstanding are also included in the plans, submitted by a firm of Surrey-based architects on behalf of applicant Dean Smith.
But the scheme has been objected to by 216 people, who have written to the council.
The objections published on the council's website include claims that the proposed site would make the surrounding lanes "busier and more dangerous", would "bring discontent to the existing established residents of Moorend" and be a "blot on the landscape".
Many also called on the council to preserve green space in the area, which was used for walks by people living locally.
No date for a decision on the plans had been fixed as the Voice went to print.