Calleva Society Update November 2018

Travellers site –
Site Address: Land Adjacent To And Rear Of Culhams Mill, Little London Road,
Silchester , Hampshire, RG7 2PP

Dear Resident.

As you may have heard the Travellers have withdrawn the appeal against the planning decision. The recent letter, some of you who had submitted objections received, from Basingstoke and Deane (BDBC) suggested that the process was finished with the withdrawal. This is not the case as they still have the appeal against the Enforcement notice issued by BDBC.

One of the outcomes of the appeal against the Enforcement notice is that they could be given permission for a development on the site by the planning Inspector. All the work we have done on our submissions for the withdrawn appeal will be valid for the Enforcement appeal. We are particularly grateful to the residents who have anonymously provided details of their experiences with the travellers during the period they occupied the site and would be interested to hear from anybody else who had contact with them.

We do not have any dates for the Enforcement appeal and hope to hear dates before Christmas with possible hearing date being in the Spring 2019. As soon as we hear anything further we will let you know.

We are putting in an application for costs for the withdrawn appeal which will be decided in Principle by the Planning Inspectorate. If we are awarded costs, we then put in claims against the travellers for the money we have spent so far. We are not very confident of receiving anything but feel we should go through the process and look forward to possibly being surprised!

Thank you all of you who have donated to our funds and we have sufficient funds to cover us for the Enforcement appeal but are still accepting donations to cover contingency.

If you have any question please do not hesitate to contact us at

Steve Spillane and Simon Mahaffey

Calleva Society or to donate

Planning Appeal and Hearing Cancelled

Town and Country Planning Act 1990
Appeal by Mr William Connor
Site Address: Land Adjacent To And Rear Of Culhams Mill, Little London Road,
Silchester , Hampshire, RG7 2PP

Dear Resident.

The Travellers have withdrawn their appeal against the planning application non-determination, which means the hearing scheduled for the 4th of December has been cancelled. They have not withdrawn their appeal against the enforcement notice which is waiting for a hearing date to be set.

It does not mean they have given up and we are not sure how this fits in to any game plan they may have. We are still waiting for details of their appeal against the enforcement notice.

The land is currently not occupied as the High Court Injunction Basingstoke and Deane with our assistance obtained is still in force.

We will let you have further information as we get it.

Steve Spillane and Simon Mahaffey

Calleva Society

September 2018 Update

The application for a residential Traveller caravan site on the land off Culhams Mill, Little London Road, Silchester is due to be heard at appeal by the planning inspectorate on the 4th of December 2018 and is scheduled for eight days.

The Calleva Society has registered as a “Rule 6 party” so we can play a major role in the hearing and be party to all the submissions.

The Society has also sent a detailed email to the Societies email list outlining the appeal process and the events to date. Some of this is currently confidential and we do not want to put in the public domain at this stage. If you would like a copy of this email please contact us at

Steve Spillane  Chairman Calleva Society

Help Ranil Jayawardena to Help Us

I need your help again!

I’ve been written to by many constituents complaining of trespassing, littering and harassment by unauthorised traveller encampments. I, like them, have been continually frustrated by the lack of authority that the Police have to deal with complaints such as these – resulting in hardworking citizens suffering because some travellers seem above the law.

Enough is enough. I want to put a stop to this discrimination – against the silent majority – but I need your help. I have launched a petition to change the laws that are protecting these unauthorised encampments and give powers back to the local authorities so that they are able to deal with them in the right way, without feeling muted and trapped by legislation.

To show the Government how important this issue is, I need as many people to sign my petition as possible. It worked to stop the ill-considered South Western Railway proposals – let’s hope it will work for this important issue also.

Please sign and share with as many friends and family as you can. It’s time for a change!

Sign the petition!

17th April Update – Objection Deadline

Dear Resident,

Following the recent unauthorised development activity on the Land off Culhams’ Mill, you may be interested to read the following two links which announce the government’s intention to review the current laws on unauthorised caravan sites.  The second of the two links is a consultation paper in which the government is requesting your opinion on the matter.  If you feel strongly about the subject and would like to contribute to the government’s thinking process then this is your opportunity.

With regards to the existing site at Silchester the Calleva Society we would like remind you that the issue has now gone to appeal and will be heard by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate at public inquiry (note: this is completely separate from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council planning process).  The Calleva Society has now been granted permission to be a part 6 participant which means that we will have full access to the inquiry and be able to make our own contributions alongside BDBC.

You should note that the objections that residents have already made to BDBC will not automatically be carried over to the inquiry so if you still feel strongly about the issue you should make your new objection to directly to the inspectorate at or by post at the following address….

Ms A Bell
The Planning Inspectorate
Room 3/O
Temple Quay House
2 The Square

Always quote the reference APP/H1705/W/18/3194978.

We have provided a template objection if you would like to use it which is available for download here


The deadline for submitting your objection is the 17th of April.  As before, volume counts in this matter so we encourage as many people as possible to make their voices heard.


Simon Mahaffey  Chair Silchester Parish Council

Steve Spillane  Chairman   Calleva Society

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