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Nursery plan turned down amid 'traveller fear'
9:00am Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
PLANS for accommodation at a plant nursery were turned down in a split decision during a heated meeting amid claims the site would eventually be used by travellers.
Warrington Borough Council rejected an application for an office to be used as a dwelling at Caddicks Clematis Nursery off Lymm Road.
Former leader Clr Ian Marks (Lymm LD) had warned against approval, expressing concerns over ‘future intentions’ for the site.
Speaking against the application at the Town Hall meeting last Wednesday, he said: “For years there has been rumours of a gipsy community settling here.
“A few weeks ago there were reports of a large number of caravans here, which worsens that rumour.”
Clr Marks also criticised a failure to notify Lymm Parish Council about the application, and said it was unsuitable for green belt land.
Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council and Statham Lodge Riding Centre, which neighbours the site, also opposed it over ‘illegal tipping’ that has taken place at the nursery before.
An agent acting on behalf of applicant Mr Clayton said problems had been down to a previous tenant, and that ‘progress’ since enforcement action by Warrington Borough Council saw a £10,000 fine imposed would continue.
Clr Bob Barr (Lymm LD), sitting on the development control committee, reacted angrily to proposals, citing ‘flagrant, appalling, illegal actions’ and ‘appalling breaches of planning regulations.
He said an application to build a dwelling at the nursery ‘wouldn’t stand a cat in hell’s chance’ of approval, and that the change of use to a dwelling should be treated the same.
“It stretches incredulity to apply for an existing building to be used as a dwelling in that respect,” added Clr Barr.
The application was turned down by three votes to two.
Clr Barr, Clr Sheila Woodyatt (Lymm CON) moved against it.
For it were Clr Laurence Murphy (Stockton Heath LAB) and Jeff Richards (Bewsey and Whitecross LAB).
Clr Tony McCarthy (Rixton and Woolston LAB), chairman of the committee, cast the deciding vote against.
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