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TRAVELLER APPEAL FOR LAND OFF CULHAMS MILL – SILCHESTER REF: APPEAL REFERENCE 3210244: LAND AT RAPIERS, LITTLE LONDON ROAD, SILCHESTER

TRAVELLER APPEAL FOR LAND OFF CULHAMS MILL – SILCHESTER REF: APPEAL REFERENCE 3210244: LAND AT RAPIERS, LITTLE LONDON ROAD, SILCHESTER, 

We now have the details of the final decision process regarding the travellers Appeal. The result of this process is that the Travellers will be given permission to live on the site or denied planning permission and access.

The Inspector has proposed instead of a full Inquiry a hybrid solution whereby the hearing will be primarily heard by written representation and partly through a face to face hearing which will be held in Silchester Village Hall on 27th/28th of April 2021.

This proposal has been accepted by all parties and the Inspector will require written depositions from all parties by the 16th March.  This includes representations from local residents.

BDBC will be writing to residents to formally notify them of the procedure and provide associated dates.

The Planning Inspector will make her final decision on the outcome of this appeal following the hearing on the 27th/28th April.  

CALL TO ACTION: 

The unauthorised occupation and development of the water meadow off Culhams Mill first took place almost four years ago!  It has been a long hard slog since then by many people within our community.  However, largely through the solidarity shown by residents of Silchester and Little London, we have managed to ensure that occupation of the site has, thus far, been prevented.

We are now on the last leg of this and we hope that, with one final effort, will put an end to this dispute once and for all.

The current Inquiry process is being held by the Planning Inspectorate for England and Wales (sometimes known as PINS).  This operates independently from the BDBC planning process and the original objections through the BDBC planning portal are not automatically carried over.  

As such, whilst the original planning application received 248 objections, the Planning Inspector has only received on 53 thus far.

If you still feel strongly about the development of the water meadow at Culhams Mill into a 13 pitch caravan site for Travellers and Gypsies and would like your voice to be heard then we encourage you to register your objection.

Instead of (hopefully) hundreds of you writing to the inspector with our template or your own letter you can sign up in support of our objection  at www.callevasociety.org/appeal.

The details to be collected are Name, Address and email. We will  then pass these on to the Inspector.

You can still send your own letter or our template by email to

Mr Ben White, Case Officer. 

TeamE3@planninginspectorate.gov.uk

The PINS appeal reference for this is “Appeal Reference 3210244: Land at Rapiers, Little London Road, Silchester,”. 

All submissions should be by the 16th March at the latest. 

As before, there is no need for objections to come from just within the community; they will be considered from wherever they are submitted as long as the grounds for objection refer to relevant planning considerations (reflected in the template). Objections are not per household and therefore all adult occupants can individually object.

We genuinely believe that the end of this saga is finally in sight and we would like to encourage all residents to make a final effort to stop this unauthorised development once and for all.

Best wishes

Simon and Steve

Traveller appeal for land off Culhams Mill – Silchester Ref: Appeal Reference 3210244: Land at Rapiers, Little London Road, Silchester, TW7 4FR

CALL TO ACTION

Last week I attended a pre-enquiry meeting with members of the BDBC planning team, The BDBC barrister and the Planning Inspector, Jeanie Russell.   Mr Connors from the Traveller Group was also requested to attend but declined to do so.  The following is a brief summary of this meeting.

  • At the previous pre-enquiry meeting that I attended in November, Mr Connors (the appellant for the Traveller group) informed the Inspector that the group had parted company with their agent (Mr Woods) on the grounds of non-payment of fees.  He further stated that the group was in the process of seeking a new agent.
  • At the meeting last week, the Inspector informed us that she had not heard from the Mr Connors since the 7th of January but she had been informed by him that they had been unable to agree terms with another agent and therefore had no representation.
  • Quite rightly, the Inspector expressed concern that, without qualified representation, a full enquiry would be a very one sided affair and would not allow the Traveller group to fully state their case.  She felt that it would also be a waste of public funds.  This was further complicated by the fact that Covid restrictions make it very hard for her to visit the site as would normally be expected.
  • As such, the full face to face enquiry has now been cancelled and the Inspector has proposed instead a hybrid solution whereby the hearing will be primarily heard by written representation and partly through a face to face hearing which will be held in Silchester Village Hall on 27th/28th of April.
  • If this proposal is accepted by both BDBC and the Traveller group then the Inspector will require written depositions from all parties by the 16th March.  This includes representations from local residents.
  • BDBC will be writing to residents to formally notify them of the procedure and provide associated dates.
  • The Planning Inspector will make her final decision on the outcome of this enquiry at the hearing on the 27th/28th April.  

CALL TO ACTION: 

  • The unauthorised occupation of the water meadow off Culhams Mill first took place almost four years ago!  It has been a long hard slog since then by many people within our community.  However, largely through the solidarity shown by residents of Silchester and Little London, we have managed to ensure that occupation of the site has, thus far, been prevented.
  • We are now on the last leg of this and we hope that, with one final effort, will put an end to this dispute once and for all.
  • The current enquiry process is being held by the Planning Inspectorate for England and Wales (sometimes known as PINS).  This operates independently from the BDBC planning process and the original objections through the BDBC planning portal are not automatically carried over.  
  • As such, whilst the original planning application received 248 objections, the Planning Inspector has only received on 53 thus far.
  • If you still feel strongly about the planned conversion of the water meadow at Culhams Mill into a 13 pitch caravan site for Travellers and Gypsies and would like your voice to be heard then we encourage you to write to the case officer handling the case at the PINs. 
  • Correspondence should be sent to;
    • Mr Ben White, Case Officer. 
      TeamE3@planninginspectorate.gov.uk
    • The PINS appeal reference for this is “Appeal Reference 3210244: Land at Rapiers, Little London Road, Silchester, TW7 4FR”.  
    • All submissions should be by the 16th March at the latest. 
  • As nothing has substantially changed during the last four years the original objections that you submitted at the start of the planning process are still valid and you should feel free to submit the same document.  If you no longer have access to that document a further copy of the template can be found here.  
  • As before, there is no need for objections to come from just within the community; they will be considered from wherever they are submitted as long as the grounds for objection refer to relevant planning considerations (reflected in the template).
  • We genuinely believe that the end of this saga is finally in sight and we would like to encourage all residents to make a final effort to stop this unauthorised development once and for all.

Best wishes

Simon and Steve

Travellers site – Land Adjacent To and Rear Of Culhams Mill also referred to as rear of Rampiers.

Dear neighbours,

Firstly, in these strange times, our sincere wishes that you are all keeping safe.  If you know of anyone experiencing hardship and you think that there is a way that we can help then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

As the Bank Holiday approaches our discussions in the Calleva Society inevitably return to the potential for the traveller site at Culham’s Mill being re-occupied.  The High Court injunction, however, appears to remain a significant deterrent in preventing the owners from occupying the land until the planning process has fully run its course.  The land at Culham’s Mill is actually covered by two High Court injunctions.  The first has been taken out by the planning enforcement team and is site specific and the second has been taken out by the Environmental Health team at BDBC and covers a large swathe of land (including Silchester) across the Borough.  Whilst we are no lawyers, our understanding is that a breach of these injunctions would be regarded as contempt of court and has the potential for a custodial sentence.  We are informed that  the latter of the two injunctions also brings with it powers of immediate arrest. For the full  content of the Borough wide injunction go to https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/content/doclib/2852.pdf

The Planning Inspectorate inquiry date was originally set for this coming June but, given the current situation with Covid 19, it is unsurprising that is has been put back to 29th September 2020.  Nonetheless, we continue to liaise with BDBC on a regular basis and we are confident that they will put forward a strong case on our behalf.  As always, if you do see any activity at the site please do let us know as soon as possible so that we can inform the appropriate authorities.  Feel free to call Simon on 07769 684283

Kind Regards

Steve Spillane, Simon Mahaffey and the team.

Calleva Society

callevasociety@gmail.com

www.callevasociety.org or to donate https://callevasociety.org/make-a-donation/

A CALL FOR ACTION Reminder with January 13th deadline.

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Dear Friends and Neighbours,

Now that Christmas and New Year are behind us and we are getting back to the daily grind of reality, we thought it would be a good opportunity to remind everyone of the need to register your comments on the unauthorised  Traveller site on the land behind Rampiers – Silchester / Culhams Mill.  We are aware that we have now been fighting this battle for nearly three years and there will have been plenty of new people that have moved into Silchester and Little London in the meantime….so please do spread the word  and forward this email to anyone that may not be aware of this issue.

When the first tipper lorries started rolling through our community at Easter 2017 the planning team at Basingstoke and Deane received over 300 telephone calls and emails of complaint before they concluded that they were unable to log any further calls.  In response to the planning application itself over 230 individuals took the time to register a written objection.  Whilst we have been successful at every stage of the process so-far, the application has now moved to the appeal stage with the Planning Inspectorate (note this is a higher planning level than BDBC and represents The Secretary of State), the whole process starts again and our previous objections need repeating.  

We really want to emphasise the need to avoid complacency and, if this issue still matters to our community, then we encourage everyone to raise a further objection with the Planning Inspector either by using the Calleva Society template (see below) or by drafting your own objection.  At present, we are aware of only a handful of objections having been submitted so please don’t think your contribution will not make a difference.  The deadline for submission is the 13th of January and, having come this far, it would be a great shame for us to fall at the last hurdle through apathy or simple forgetfulness.  

Since its inception the Calleva Society has urged residents to take a measured approach to this planning application and we have encouraged people to avoid any comments about the Traveller way of life or their personal perceptions about how Travellers conduct their affairs.  All sectors of society have the same basic personal needs and we all deserve the right to live our lives peacefully and with respect for our neighbours.  This said, there is plenty of evidence to indicate that anti-social behaviour is associated with large Traveller sites……whether this be from the occupants themselves, members of the settled community or from opportunists from neighbouring communities that see the chance of blaming the travelling community for their own anti-social, and often criminal, behaviour.  If this site is granted permission it will be the largest single traveller site in the Borough (currently 10-13 pitches with room for expansion in the future) and the consequences will be something that we will have to live with for a very long time.

Please take the opportunity now to have your voice heard and register your thoughts with the planning inspectorate. We have prepared a template representation which is on the Calleva Society Website click here. The pdf version can be printed and signed for submission by post or the word version can be used as an email.
Templates are called  Residents letter to appeal Jan 2020 can be found click here

You can send representations by email to TeamE1@planninginspectorate.gov.uk  or three copies by post to :
The Planning Inspectorate
Room 3E
Temple Quay House
2 The Square Bristol
BS1 6PN,

All representations must quote  APP/H1705/C/18/3210244 and be received by 13 January 2020
Please let us have copies of emails or further information requests to callevasociety@gmail.com

The planning Inspectorate have stated they would prefer submissions to be made via their on-line portal click here  This portal is very slow and can be a bit of a slog but please if it does not work for you or you do not have access   – submit your comments by email or post. Help with using the portal can be downloaded by clicking here

Please remember representations are per individual not per household, so every occupant at a property can submit.

Regards

Steve Spillane, Simon Mahaffey and the team.

Calleva Society

callevasociety@gmail.com
www.callevasociety.org or to donate https://callevasociety.org/make-a-donation/