Plans for the Travelers of Saint-Pierre site reappear

A CONTROVERSIAL project to build a travel site on the outskirts of the city has again been put forward.

Up to ten permanent traveler pitches could be built on land off the A4440 at St Peter’s in Worcester according to resubmitted plans.

A decision on the new site was supposed to have been made by Worcester City Council’s planning committee in March, but was taken off the agenda at the last minute to iron out minor clarifications.

A total of 160 objections were made against the bid by landowner Roger Lethem before the planning meeting.

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Council planning officers had advised councilors to reject the application saying the travellers’ site would ‘erode and damage’ the open landscape and green spaces.

Rumors began circulating when a sign was put up in the land off the busy Broomhall Way in early 2021 by Mr Lethem claiming the site was being offered as part of a call for new sites to travelers in the city.

Worcester City Council dismissed claims it was seen as having deemed him unsafe.

A planning application was then filed in December for the permanent locations before being withdrawn in March.

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Speaking after his decision to remove the nomination from the agenda, Mr Lethem said: ‘I hope the council will give the opportunity for some of our disadvantaged brothers to settle in our community with a permanent home. and a stable environment, which I think seeing the problems we face globally, we need to show tolerance and empathy to those who are striving to improve their lives.

Up to 92 homes will be built on the site of the former Ketch car boot sale after plans were backed by Worcester City Council last year and more than 240 homes are being built by St Modwen on a neighboring plot.

Property developer St Modwen, which is building some of the thousands of homes planned for South Worcester, had also raised concerns about the plan, saying ten traveler pitches would destroy part of the green buffer zone between the very busy and would create more noise.

You can give your opinion on the plan by visiting the Worcester City Council website. The application number is 22/00751/FUL.