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Travellers’ site with no permission in Long Bennington is ‘really getting people’s goat’




Travellers are causing controversy after parking their caravans in a field near the A1 and putting down a hard standing area without planning permission.

The caravans are located on land off Valley Lane, in Long Bennington, close to the turn-off for the A1.

One villager says it appears that hard-standing has been put down and fencing put up around the site, while a planning application for the site has not yet beendetermined by South Kesteven District Council.

The travellers site in Long Bennington off Valley Lane. (44186808)
The travellers site in Long Bennington off Valley Lane. (44186808)

Stephen Pearson said: “Why should they be able to develop something without permission when most other people have to wait before they are given permission? A lot of people in the village are very unhappy.”

He added: “People feel the council should formally turn it down and take enforcement action but they seem to be allowing them to get away with it without permission. It is really getting people’s goat.”

Mr Pearson said a lot of scrubland had been removed and photographs of the site show mounds of earth and building materials to one side of the site.

He added: “It is off Valley Lane and the long slip road off the A1. It’s not an ideal site. The council do not seem minded to do anything about it.

“I think there is also concern that these vehicles have come from Newark and there may be a large group following them. There are only two caravans there now but a lot of work has been done.”

A spokesman forthe district council said: “South Kesteven District Council is aware that a family from the travelling community has moved on to land off the A1 northbound close to Long Bennington. Officers have visited the site and
continue to monitor the situation. A planning application submitted previously for the site is expected to be considered by the council’s planning committee at an upcoming meeting.”



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