Objections to travellers' site near Oswestry

Plans for a two-unit travellers' site in countryside near Oswestry have brought objections from the local parish council.

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A family of travellers have asked for permission to move onto the land, saying they want to leave the larger site they currently live on to protect their children from the risk of coronavirus, a meeting of Oswestry Rural Parish Council was told.

Shropshire Council has received a planning application for a former pony paddock in Coed-y-Go.

Parish council chairman, Councillor Peter Richardson, said local residents were against the plans.

Councillor Bob Kimber said it was a small site for a static and a touring caravan.

He said he understood the applicants wanted to protect their family from the possible spread of Covid on a larger traveller site.

Several councillors spoke against the application saying that permission would not be granted if it was for a dwelling, so it should not be granted for caravans.

The application is also for an amenity block and septic tank.

Councillors voted to object to the planning application and to urge residents to object through Shropshire Council's planning portal.

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