Feb 9 2012 by David Norbury, Chester Chronicle
PROPOSALS for a Gypsy and Traveller site at Bumpers Lane could be reconsidered.
The land was included in proposals by Cheshire West and Chester Council for six sites across the borough, two of which have already been withdrawn.
They were put forward to prevent successful planning appeals by the Gypsy and Traveller community on the basis that insufficient pitches have been provided.Š
The council’s overall approach was ‘called in’ by the borough’s Labour opposition which claimed the Tory controlled Executive had failed a requirement to consult.
The issue was probed at a meeting of the council’s corporate scrutiny committee which decided to ask the Executive to reconsider.
Chairman Cllr Eveleigh Moore Dutton (Con, Tarporley) said: “Members of the committee believed that there was sufficient cause for concern in the views expressed by the public and council members and those concerns are expressed in our recommendation to the Executive.”
The Labour opposition put forward 13 points arguing information revealed at a meeting of the council’s executive in November had given cause for concern about the approach to selecting the sites and promised consultation had not taken place.
A report to the committee by portfolio holder Cllr Herbert Manley (Con) confirmed that each planning application would be subject to public consultation.Š
Business people were invited by Labour councillors to discuss the plans for Bumpers Lane at a meeting at Chester Football Club.
The recommendation the sites should be reconsidered, together with a request the council’s gypsy and traveller strategy should be improved, was due to be considered by the Executive last night (Wednesday, February 8).
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