Campaigners’ victory in fight over plans for caravan site

The proposed gypsy site on Jossey Lane, Bentley. Picture: Andrew Roe
The proposed gypsy site on Jossey Lane, Bentley. Picture: Andrew Roe

Controversial plans for a site for gypsies and travellers at Scawthorpe were unanimously rejected yesterday.

Doncaster Council’s planning committee backed the feeling of the 521 residents who signed a petition opposed to the proposal.

Sitting at the Civic Offices at Waterdale, the committee heard that a further 167 letters of objection had also been received.

And members were in agreement that the plans for land off Jossey Lane, which included eight amenity blocks and the formation of a new access route, should be rejected on the grounds of road safety, noise nuisance and ecology.

Northern Rail had voiced concerns about the proximity of the site to the Doncaster to Leeds railway line.

After the meeting residents and local councillors welcomed the news.

Councillor Charlie Hogarth, one of three councillors from Bentley ward who spoke on the application, said: “The site was not appropriate for any sort of residential development and I am pleased the planning committee voted so resoundingly against the proposal.”

Backing his comments was Councillor Kevin Rodgers of the Great North Road ward.

He said: “The opposition to the site from the Bentley and Scawthorpe communities was crystal clear, and I have to thank the public for supporting their local councillors in putting a strong case against the application.”

Councillor Jane Nightingale, another Bentley ward councillor, said: “Special thanks should go to Ryan Morling who spoke at the committee meeting and worked with councillors and other members of the public to make the winning case.”

Scawthorpe resident Ryan, 30, said: “You’ve got to recognise that it was a well- coordinated defence, we spent a lot of time on this and people need to appreciate what we’ve done here.

“Thankfully, common sense prevailed.

“The officers’ report missed out key points, most importantly they gave no consideration to child safety.”