Question 28

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Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9298

Received: 15/01/2019

Respondent: Dr Brian Morris

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

GT/09 is unacceptable for development due to its small size and sensitive location.

Site near Ogston reservoir (SSSI). Water course running along the rear of GT/09 drains directly into the reservoir. The waste discharged from outfall from trailers may contaminate stream and reservoir.

Woolley Moor is a village with limited sustainability; no services or facilities. The site visible from nearby properties. Concern over visual and acoustic privacy for both current residents and potential site users.

Site too small to accommodate large vehicles such as static home, touring caravan and a utility building together with parking for vehicles, as well as for visitors. Small sites such as this may quickly become overcrowded. Surrounding roads may become congested.

Currently little or no lighting on Temperance Hill - additional lighting would be a distraction and nuisance for current residents; night wildlife could be adversely affected.

Landscape adversely affected.

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28. Would the proposed allocation be justified and appropriate in terms of its location, including access to services and facilities and the site size?

GT/09 is a grassed area next to a row of pretty stone cottages, one of which borders this small piece of land. Access is via a narrow country road heavily used, in the appropriate season, by local farm traffic. The land lies some 200m away from Ogston reservoir which has SSSI status and a water course running along the rear of GT/09 drains directly into the reservoir. The waste discharged from outfall from trailers may contaminate this stream and hence endanger Ogston reservoir.
Temperance Hill forms part of the village of Woolley Moor which has no shops, no post office, no petrol station and no dental practice. The nearest NHS hospital with OPD and Emergency Department facilities is the Chesterfield Royal some 7 miles distant and the nearest GP is in the village of Ashover. The council has stated previously that Woolley Moor is a village with limited sustainability.
The site can be seen from many gardens along Temperance Hill, from Handley Fields Farm and from a number of properties on Handley Lane.
The site is within feet of a row of cottages and visual and acoustic privacy for both current residents and potential site users may be compromised.

Without Prejudice.
It is likely that the near community may suffer disruption from the movement of an increase in the number of large vehicles. These vehicles may include trailers of upto 15m in length and some mobile homes can be a staggering 25m long. The site is far too small to accommodate these types of vehicles. Further space may have to be given over to a static home, touring caravan and a utility building together with parking for vehicles including those required for business use.
The possibility of visits by extended family could further increase the number of large vehicles vying for space and hence these may spill into the narrow road for 24hr parking, disrupting access by public transport, large agricultural and emergency vehicles. Small sites such as this may quickly become overcrowded producing its own problems of site maintenance.

There is currently little or no lighting on Temperance Hill. Any additional lighting on this site would be a distraction and nuisance for current residents and the bountiful night wildlife could be adversely affected.
This small area sits well in a delightful unspoilt rural landscape and as concluded in the Landscape Appraisal Technical Note (ED44C) would be adversely affected by this development. GT/09 is unacceptable for development due to its small size and sensitive location.

29. Can a satisfactory form of development be achieved having regard to:
1. The local environment including the impact on landscape quality.
2. Connections to utility services including water, electricity, gas and drainage.
3. Access onto the local highway network.
4. Adjoining uses and air and water quality, noise pollution, land stability and flood risk.

1. The local environment is agricultural in an area of undulating hills and slopes surrounding a valley holding Ogston reservoir - a haven for wildlife locally. The impact of a site on this landscape where most properties are old stone cottages would be a massive degradation of this sensitive environment.
2. I cannot comment on electricity, gas or drainage except to repeat the real concerns of residents of damaging outflow draining via the boundary stream into Ogston reservoir.
It is my understanding that there is currently no mains water on this site and access would require the agreement of local landowners.
3. Access to the local highway network at either end of Temperance Hill is compromised in both instances by poor views of traffic travelling at speed from the left. Both exits are onto roads covered by the National Speed Limit.
4. I cannot comment on land stability or flood risk although the water level in the boundary stream rises significantly following heavy rain.
Adjoining uses are residents homes and agricultural land and more large vehicles would undoubtedly bring a worsening in air pollution locally.
Possible increased noise pollution is a real concern to the current residents of Temperance Hill and local environs. The site is far too close to current homes to be viable.


Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9301

Received: 24/01/2019

Respondent: Neville and Eleanor Taylor

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

We do not want a green area lost forever. We are only a small village and strive to maintain it's beauty and open spaces gradually whittled away. I live where I can see walkers, cyclists and visitors walking past my house on Beresford Lane and it is wonderful to be greeted and to hear of the appreciation they share with us.

Please help to defend and maintain the beauty and idyllic way of life in Woolley Moor and the continuation to encourage visitors to share in it.

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We are writing in response to the Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQ's) Raised in the local plan main matter 15 in relation to question 28 (services/ facilities in village and size of site + question 29 (impact on landscape/ access).
> The Council is elected by the people to represent their views.
> We do not want a green area lost forever. We are only a small village and strive to maintain it's beauty and open spaces gradually whittled away. I live where I can see walkers, cyclists and visitors walking past my house on Beresford Lane and it is wonderful to be greeted and to hear of the appreciation they share with us.
> The proposed area is unsuitable for dwellings being above a water course that feeds the reservoir that in turn feeds Carsington reservoir. It is likely to become contaminated.
> Temperance Hill is already made single track by parked cars and more vehicles would turn a blind bend into a danger area. Refuse lorries and Hulleys buses (although few and far between incidentally) find it difficult.
> A lot of traffic comes down Beresford Lane - another single track lane - from the school twice a day and the turning left onto Temperance Hill to meet the B6036 is already difficult due to the bend in the road, the wall, and in the morning, the low sun in winter. At the other end of Temperance Hill by the reservoir, it is a leap of faith to turn right due to very limited vision.
> Please help to defend and maintain the beauty and idyllic way of life in Woolley Moor and the continuation to encourage visitors to share in it.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9304

Received: 25/01/2019

Respondent: Ms. Justine Wieteska

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

There are no facilities at all in Woolley Moor making it unsuitable and also an extremely limited public transport facilities.

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I am writing in response to the matters, issues and questions (MIQ's) raised in the local plan main matter 15 in relation to question 28 (services/facilities in village and size of site) and question 29 ( impact on landscape/access

This site is extremely close to a local primary school where safety is already a concern with traffic. Further traffic from travellers would increase the risk

There are no facilities at all in Woolley Moor making it unsuitable and also an extremely limited public transport facilities.

This particular area is an area of outstanding natural beauty and scientific interest and a safe haven for many species making it a particularly sensitive area. Personally I have seen nesting herons and other bird species. The area is a safe haven for Twite, Gadwall, Pochard, Golden eye and various hawks and falcons not to mention ewes in lamb, deer, badgers, foxes etc which would all diminish with this proposed site.

A nature trail runs across this proposed site which is used by families and children from both the local school and others.
To sum up a totally inadequate and small area of land to facilitate the travelling community

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9311

Received: 25/01/2019

Respondent: Ms Eileen Nuttall

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

Woolley Moor is very small, little more than a hamlet with no shops, post office, doctor or dentist and there are no services e.g. electricity or water on the site.

The Council did not officially inform us of this proposal, the only way I heard was from a friend living in a nearby village.

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NEDDC Examination Consultation - GT/09 Temperance Hill, Woolley Moor

I am writing in response to the Matters, issues and Questions raised in the local plan main matter 15 in relation to question 28 (services/facilities in village and size of site) plus question 29 (impact on landscape/access)

The proposed site on Temperance Hill is in a beautiful area and clearly visible from footpaths through the surrounding area, it is in close proximity to Ogston reservoir which is a site of special scientific interest and attracts a variety of wildlife, rare birds, ducks and geese, it is a well known tourist attraction.

The site is in daily use by local people walking dogs, ramblers and visitors enjoying the spectacular views.

The Woolley Moor Trail which is a historical and nature trail runs across the site and is used regularly by local school children and schools from other areas.

Of historical importance is Well Lane footpath with an old well once used for drinking water and an old packhorse trail all in close proximity.

The proposed site is very close to neighbouring houses separated by a small fence not allowing privacy for residents or travellers and screening by hedging would create an eyesore.

The proposed site would compromise safety on Temperance Hill which has a bus stop and a junction at the top and bottom, I have lived close to the junction at the top of the hill for 46 years and know how dangerous this can be, there have been accidents there at the end of the long straight stretch of road and numerous near misses, the junction at the bottom of the hill is difficult due to the narrow lanes and a dip in the road makes it difficult to see traffic approaching from the left also traffic bringing children to and from school makes the lanes very busy twice a day.

Woolley Moor is very small, little more than a hamlet with no shops, post office, doctor or dentist and there are no services e.g. electricity or water on the site.

The Council did not officially inform us of this proposal, the only way I heard was from a friend living in a nearby village.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9312

Received: 24/01/2019

Respondent: Ms Claire Archibald

Representation:

The site is on a fast country road with no lighting. It is extremely dark at night with no pavement or safe means of getting out of the site on foot. This makes it really dangerous for any proposed residents. I wouldn't walk down the road even by day due to the lack of pavement. There are also no local amenities. There is no shop, doctor or other facilities that would reasonably be needed by people staying on site. This leaves residents of the travellers site stranded on site with no safe means of access or egress other than by vehicle

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I am writing in relation to the Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQ's) raised in the local plan matter 15 in relation to question 28 (services/facilities in village and size of site) and question 29 (impact on landscape/access).

As a local resident of the area I was alarmed to hear about the proposed plans for a Gypsy and Traveller Site at Temperance Hill. The site is totally unsuitable for use such use for many reasons.
The two main reasons for my objection are:

Site location and local facilities

The site is on a fast country road with no lighting. It is extremely dark at night with no pavement or safe means of getting out of the site on foot. This makes it really dangerous for any proposed residents. I wouldn't walk down the road even by day due to the lack of pavement. There are also no local amenities. There is no shop, doctor or other facilities that would reasonably be needed by people staying on site. This leaves residents of the travellers site stranded on site with no safe means of access or egress other than by vehicle.

Impact on landscape

Temperance Hill is an ecologically sensitive site which needs protection from development. It is above the Ogston Reservoir and I would be really concerned about the potential for pollution to enter the waterway from use of the site. It is a peaceful and tranquil site used by ramblers and inhabited by lots of wildlife and wildflowers and deserves protection. The Woolley Moor trail which runs across the site is used by lots of local residents as well as tourists/people from further afield. The area links into larger walking routes used regularly by local walking groups.


I would request that you please consider these objections and refuse the proposal.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9319

Received: 21/01/2019

Respondent: Mrs Jane Hardwick

Representation:

Summary and question identified by Officer.

The proposed site is not in a sustainable location. There are no shops or post office within walking distance. The bus service is very poor and it would be almost impossible to get to any doctors surgery or hospital by public transport.

The consultation process has been very poor and very rushed. The best sites have not been put forward and the period in which to comment is now too short for residents to do the thorough research necessary.

I would also take issue with the methodology of the way that projected numbers of sites needed in the future has been undertaken, so it may be that the Council are trying to provide more sites than needed anyway.

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I am commenting on the site GT/09 Temperance Hill, Woolley Moor

Firstly I would like to say that the consultation process has been very poor and very rushed. Only people who had previously commented on the Proposed Local Plan were notified ( of which I was one ) so the news of this had to be spread by word of mouth and social media.
There has been no consultation of residents of NE Derbyshire as to what sites for travellers may be suitable, even though the Council has known for years that this would be a necessary part of the Plan. It is also very difficult to access all the information online and all residents with computer access should have been provided with a link to the actual relevant area of the Local Plan.
I don't feel that the best sites have been put forward in the first place and the period in which to comment is now too short for residents to do the thorough research necessary.
I would also take issue with the methodology of the way that projected numbers of sites needed in the future has been undertaken, so it may be that the Council are trying to provide more sites than needed anyway.
However even given the above I would like to strongly state that Temperance Hill is not suitable for the following reasons:
1 It is a rural location in a Special Landscape Area and it would be impossible to disguise the site sufficiently, so would therefore cause significant, demonstrable harm to the landscape. I assume that the entire area would need to be concreted ruining the rural nature of the area and causing harm to the environment.
2 The site is very close to the important Ogston Reservoir which is very well used by birdwatchers, walkers, picnickers and the Sailing Club. Visual harm, noise and light pollution would be caused to these facilities and the knock on effect of harm to the tourist industry affecting lettings of holiday cottages and therefore use of pubs in the wider area of Woolley Moor and Ashover. There could also be problems of pollution from the site getting into the water course and then into Ogston Reservoir itself as the proposed site is uphill from the Reservoir.
3 It would be difficult to pull caravans and large vehicles into the site and it would make a dangerous exit and entrance. It would be very difficult to achieve the necessary splays.
4 The proposed site is not in a sustainable location. There are no shops or post office within walking distance. The bus service is very poor and it would be almost impossible to get to any doctors surgery or hospital by public transport.
For these reasons I urge you to remove GT/09 Temperance Hill from the list of proposed sites.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9321

Received: 24/01/2019

Respondent: Stephen & Lindsey Johnson

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

The site is quite remote with no nearby shops or community centre, public transport being infrequent. Site is not suitable for development.

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I am writing in response to the Matters, Issues and Questions raised in the local plan, main matter 15 in relation to question 28 and question 29.

We live at..................................

We would like to bring to your attention some concerns about the suitability of the site as a Traveller / Gypsy site:

Having an energetic dog, regular walks take us out onto Temperance Hill and surrounding roads making the site in question very familiar to us. It should be noted that pavements and street lighting are in short supply and especially in winter the roads can be dangerous with hidden bends. We mention this as to walk anywhere (other parts of the village) require some element of walking on lanes with no footpaths. With this considered the site in question offers an area for the public to get off the road. We often take advantage of it when walking the dog, it allows a good cut-through via the public footpath at the rear of the site onto Beresford Lane. It would be shame to loose this for the village and for safety reasons highlighted.

We would also like to point out the potential impact on wildlife. When out walking of an evenings we are privileged to see and hear things that maybe others wouldn't. Whilst the darkness comes with the adverse safety issues (ref above points) it does provides cover for the wildlife. The tree line that runs down the back of the site is makes up part of the territory of pair of Tawny Owls. We know this because we hear them regularly when walking or occasionally when one sits on our chimney! Aware of their presence some casual research on internet led us to this article on the BBC website, highlighting the decline of the birds. From which I quote.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45674047

"The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is asking people to listen for the distinctive hoot from their garden, a local park or woodland, once every week for the next six months.
"You can even do it from the comfort of your bed," said BTO's Claire Boothby.
Light pollution and urbanisation are thought to be impacting populations.
The conservation status of the Tawny owl recently changed from green to amber, signalling a growing concern for the species.
The nocturnal bird usually remains in the same territory and maintains a monogamous relationship."


The comments about light pollution and urbanisation are of a concern, as a traveller site (or any development) would inevitably add to light and noise pollution. It is also a concern to think that a established territory would be under threat. It would be a terrible shame to lose this pair of owls.

In brief we also consider the site quite remote with no nearby shops or community centre with public transport being infrequent. For all the reasons mentioned it would be our opinion that the site is not suitable for development (in any form) and would request that it be removed from the plan.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9324

Received: 20/01/2019

Respondent: Mr Andrew Marsh

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

I don't believe that the location is sustainable. Woolley Moor is a small settlement a significant distance from shops, doctors, dentists and a post office.

I would like to question the size of the site. I believe it to be less than 1,500 square meters. If so it would fall short of the Government and NE Derbyshire recommended plot size. Site needs to be independently measured.

I am concerned about the consultation process and whether the guidelines for such have been followed. I live only a few hundred meters from the site and received no notification from NE Derbyshire. The residents have had to work out themselves how to access the information. Additionally I don't believe that sufficient time / communication has been given to residents to properly consider the proposals and evidence provided.

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To the Programme Officer, in response to the Local Plan Main Matter 15.

I wish to object on the basis that :

1. I understand that permission to operate as a traveller site links to agricultural contracting, which could include permission to store both diesel and herbicides. I am concerned about the potential run off, particularly as there is a stream adjacent to the site which runs directly in Ogston Reservoir.
Conscious that the site sits within the impact risk zone of a site of special scientific interest (Ogston Reservoir) and that this reservoir is used for human drinking water, I would hope that the inspector would : (I) require a Data Search from the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. (ii) that both sewage and surface water would have to be plumbed to main utilities. (iii) that there would be a bunded area / catch area reference the storage / potential spillage of diesel, herbicides and any other contaminant held on site that could run off into the watercourse and subsequently into the reservoir.

2. There were previously cottages on the site, however they were demolished. Speaking to residents who have lived in the area all their lives, the demolition was in part due to concerns about contamination / run off into Ogston Reservoir. I would hope that the inspector would make references to the relevant water authority, at this stage, to determine this point.

3. I don't believe that the location is sustainable. Woolley Moor is a small rural settlement. It is a significant distance from shops, a doctor, a dentist and a post office. Living locally, these are all amenities that are not available in Woolley Moor. I have to travel to Ashover to access a doctor and post office. For shops and a dentist this would require a longer journey to either Clay Cross or Chesterfield.

4. I believe that the use of Temperance Hill as a traveller site would have an adverse impact on the landscape. I believe this would harm the landscape character. I don't believe that the proposal is in keeping with the local environment. I believe the development would harm public views over the landscape, conscious that there are footpaths and an audio trail nearby. I don't believe that hedges would overcome these issues. Additionally I am concerned that it could negatively impact the bio diversity of the site.

5. I am concerned reference highways and from my personal experience have to disagree with the NE Derbyshire comments. Temperance Hill is a narrow lane with junctions at each end. Both junctions have reduced visibility. I regularly use Temperance Hill towing a long trailer (hay for my horses) I would have safety concerns if there was an increase in traffic volumes on the hill.

6. I would like to question the size of the site. I believe it to be less than 1,500 square meters. If so I believe it would fall short of the Government and NE Derbyshire recommended plot size. I would urge the inspector to have the site independently measured.

7. I am concerned about the consultation process and whether the guidelines for such have been followed. I live only a few hundred meters from the site (in what is a rural area). I received no notification from NE Derbyshire. The residents have had to work out themselves how to access the information. Additionally I don't believe that sufficient time / communication has been given to residents to properly consider the proposals and evidence provided.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9325

Received: 21/01/2019

Respondent: Brackenfield Parish Council

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

The proposal would see the development of an attractive greenfield site, in an unsustainable, unsuitable and predominantly rural location. It is not in accordance with established national and local planning policies. For these and other important reasons, the site should not be allocated for this purpose.

Woolley Moor is a small hamlet with no services. It is some distance from any main settlement, and could not be considered to be in reasonable walking distance to these. The hamlet is not served by a regular bus service. The car is the only realistic transport option to access essential services such as shops, schools and jobs.

Parish Councilors are very concerned about community engagement undertaken. The efforts to engage and communicate with the community to gauge their views and opinions on the development have been inadequate and not in accordance with planning rules.

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North East Derbyshire Local Plan Examination
Examination Consultation - Provision for Gypsies and Travellers
The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (Regulations 20 Consultation)

I am writing to make you aware of the strong objections that Brackenfield Parish Council and the wider local community has to the proposed allocation of land close to the parish at Land North of Temperance Hill, Woolley Moor as a Gypsy and Traveller Site.

The proposal would see the development of an attractive greenfield site, in an unsustainable, unsuitable and predominantly rural location. It is not in accordance with established national and local planning policies. For these and other important reasons, the site should not be allocated for this purpose.

Turning to the main reasons why the Council consider it should not be allocated in more detail.

The proposed development is not in an accessible and sustainable location

Woolley Moor is a small hamlet with no services. It is some distance from any main settlement, and could not be considered to be in reasonable walking distance to these. The hamlet is not served by a regular bus service. The car is the only realistic transport option to access essential services such as shops, schools and jobs.

The proposal is, therefore, contrary to the core principles of national planning policy which is to promote sustainable development, and more specifically encouraging accessible forms of development. As the National Planning Policy Framework (2018) states in para 7, "The purpose of the planning system is to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development". This is reinforced in the Government's approved Planning Policy for Gypsy and Traveller Sites (2015), para 13 of which states "Local planning authorities should ensure that traveller sites are sustainable economically, socially and environmentally".

Landscape character and appearance

The site is in a prominent and visible location in an area that is it predominately rural in character.

It is an area of recognised important and attractive landscape character and appearance. This is reflected in its identification as an Area of Primary Sensitivity (AMES). It is local planning policy to conserve and enhance the AMES.

The site lies within the Derbyshire Peak Fringe and Lower Derwent Character Area. Its key characteristics include, small to medium irregular fields enclosed by hedgerows and an undulating intermediate landform with gentle slopes. The site is typical of this landscape type.

It is recognised by North East Derbyshire District Council that the proposal, if approved, would have a negative impact on the landscape and is generally not in keeping with the character of the surrounding area. It is suggested that any harmful impact on the landscape could be mitigated. Brackenfield Parish Council fundamentally disagrees with this.

The site occupies a prominent and visible location. The harmful impact it would have on landscape cannot be mitigated (or ignored). It represents urban encroachment into a rural, historic and attractive landscape.

As such, it is contrary to national and local policies that seek to conserve this landscape.

Highway Impact

The proposal would be harmful to highway safety. Vehicular access to the site is via a narrow, winding road with hazardous junctions at both end of hill especially for large vehicles and trailers turning. It's already a very dangerous road with reduced visibility that does not meet current highway standards. Any additional traffic, especially larger vehicles, will only make this significantly worse and compromise highway safety.

Local Sewerage

The local sewerage system is fully up to capacity. Any further development could totally overload the system.

Public Consultation

Councillors are very concerned about community engagement undertaken. The efforts to engage and communicate with the community to gauge their views and opinions on the development have been inadequate and not in accordance with planning rules.

Approved Government guidance contained in Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (2015), requires, "In assembling the evidence base necessary to support their planning approach, local planning authorities should: a) pay particular attention to early and effective community engagement with both settled and traveller communities (including discussing travellers' accommodation needs with travellers themselves, their representative bodies and local support groups)" (para 7).

North East Derbyshire District Council has been preparing the new Local Plan for over ten years; the first time most communities heard about this proposal was in December 2018 and the consultation period gives only six weeks in which to comment.

The inadequacy of the engagement process means that the views and opinions of the community are not adequately considered and represented.
For these and other compelling reasons, the Council strongly urges that the site is not allocated as a Gypsy and Traveller Site.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9330

Received: 31/01/2019

Respondent: Mrs Natalie Braisby

Representation:

As a regular visitor to Temperance Hill I cannot see how the size is capable of fitting 3 pitches safely and in compliance to the area. The site as per reports would have to given mitigation measures, described as hedging, this would reduce the size considerably, given the privacy of number 13, heritage trail in the north and the screening from the main road. The size only seems suitable on a desk top plan.
The village itself has no amenities and a limited bus service which I have never used due to the fact it is so limited.

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As a regular visitor to Temperance Hill I cannot see how the size is capable of fitting 3 pitches safely and in compliance to the area. The site as per reports would have to given mitigation measures, described as hedging, this would reduce the size considerably, given the privacy of number 13, heritage trail in the north and the screening from the main road. The size only seems suitable on a desk top plan.
The village itself has no amenities and a limited bus service which I have never used due to the fact it is so limited.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9339

Received: 28/01/2019

Respondent: Mr Andrew Naylor

Representation:

Woolley Moor has no amenities with no shop, post office, doctor, dentist etc to support any residents on the site and I would hope that a more appropriate location could be found.

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I am writing to you in response to Matters,Issues and Questions (MIQs) raised in the local plan main matter 15 in relation to question 28 and question 29.

I would like to register my objection to the proposed traveller site for Woolley Moor for a number of reasons:
1) I cycle along Temperance Hill regularly and enjoy the views which I am concerned will be diminished by the proposed site. I am also concerned that the site may have an effect on the highway compromising safety.
2) The site is in close proximity to Ogston reservoir, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest being home to a variety of wildlife including migrating birds, ducks, and geese. As such, it is a local tourist attraction. The site is likely to have an adverse effect on the SSSI and reduce the enjoyment of the many tourists and visitors who frequently come to the area.
3) Woolley Moor has no amenities with no shop, post office, doctor, dentist etc to support any residents on the site and I would hope that a more appropriate location could be found.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9341

Received: 30/01/2019

Respondent: Katrina & Brian Towndrow

Representation:

The hamlet of Woolley Moor has
no shop
no doctors
no dentists
soon to be no buses

And the site is to close to private houses

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This email is in response to the Matters, Issues and Questions raised in the local plan main matter 15 in relation to question 28 (services / facilities in village and size of site) + question 29 (impact on landscape / access)
I think the site at Temperance Hill is not suitable for a number of reasons, these reasons are listed below in no particular order.

The site is very close to Ogston reservoir with the rear part of the site running down a steep slope to a small stream. After a few hundred metres the small stream empties into the reservoir.
Any harmful material left at the top of the hill if only for a few days could soon reach the reservoir.
This could have life threatening consequences, if only for the wildlife.

The Woolley Moor Trail which runs parallel with the right side of the site is used by the local school and has historical interest because it is also part of an old pack-horse trail.

The hamlet of Woolley Moor has
no shop
no doctors
no dentists
soon to be no buses

And the site is to close to private houses

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9345

Received: 30/01/2019

Respondent: Miss Samantha Shaw & Mr Russell Stevenson

Representation:

This is a very small village with no shops, post offices, doctors or dentist.

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I am writing in response to the matters, issues and questions raised in the local plan main matter 15 in relation to question 28(service/facilities in village and size of site) and question 29 (impact on landscape/access)

We are very concerned with regards to the access to the site, the lack of local amenities in the area and also the screening of the site, for the neighbouring houses and also for the travellers.

This is a very small village with no shops, post offices, doctors or dentist.

Please consider all the points detailed.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9350

Received: 26/01/2019

Respondent: Miss Angela Wood

Representation:

The village has no shops, post office, doctors surgery, dentist or any other amenities.

Full text:

I am writing in response to the Matters, Issues and Questions raised in the local plan main matter 15 in relation to question28 (services/facilities in village and size of site) and question 29 (impact on landscape/access).
My main concerns are as follows:-
1) the proposed site is use daily by people walking dogs and rambling including local school children and children from other areas using the Woolley Moor trail which runs across the site 2)there is an historical importance to the Well Lane footpath with an old well once used for drinking water and an old pack horse trail. Would this be impacted on with the numbers of vehicles onsite.
3) the site is in very close proximity to a Site of Special Scientific Interest with a sensitive habitat for birds, ducks , geese and numerous other forms of wildlife.
4) Temperance Hill itself is a very narrow road often causing problems for vehicles travelling in opposite directions, particularly when vehicles are parked on this road.
5) Finally, the village has no shops, post office, doctors surgery, dentist or any other amenities.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9354

Received: 31/01/2019

Respondent: Mr Matthew Bee

Representation:

This is a well-used route to the area of natural beauty that is ogston reservoir and towards many other Derbyshire attractions.

There are better situated sites with better road access between the villages of clay cross, tupton, Wingerworth, birdholme, hasland, grassmoor, North Wingfield and even Holmwood all having far greater access and amenities that travellers would require. Based on the plan policy I've quoted below I believe these sites should be considered far more suitable.

Policy SS9 (Development in the Countryside) will be granted for sites for travellers including gypsies and travelling show people where the proposed development meets criteria a, b, c, d. Section 3 also quoted.
(Officer comment: quote is from Policy LC8: Provision for Traveller Sites, sections 2 and 3)

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NEDDC Examination Consultation - GT/09 Temperance Hill, Woolley Moor
I am writing in response to the Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQ's) raised in local plan
I'm very surprised this plot is under consideration and after reading through the local plan am even more confused. This is a well-used route to the area of natural beauty that is ogston reservoir and towards many other Derbyshire attractions.
Question 28 Services/facilities in village and site size
There are better situated sites with better road access between the villages of clay cross, tupton, Wingerworth, birdholme, hasland, grassmoor, North Wingfield and even Holmwood all having far greater access and amenities that travellers would require. Based on the plan policy I've quoted below I believe these sites should be considered far more suitable.
Policy SS9 (Development in the Countryside) will be granted for sites for travellers including gypsies and travelling show people where the proposed development:
a. is in keeping with the local landscape setting and the form and character of any nearby settlement
b. Provides space for adequate on-site facilities, including storage, in particular for equipment for Travelling Show people and, where appropriate, mix use yards to allow for on-site business use; and
c. Would not cause unacceptable nuisance to existing neighbours by noise and other disturbance caused by on-site, business activity or the movement of vehicles to and from the site; and
d. Will only be for the accommodation of travellers (as defined in National Planning Guidance) in perpetuity.
3. In the case that the provision of traveller sites has achieved the level recommended by the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment, or the proposal is for a site of more than 5 pitches, then sufficient need will have to be demonstrated through an independent assessment.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9356

Received: 29/01/2019

Respondent: Tom & Celia Kelly

Representation:

The site is too small for provision for 3 pitches.

There is no Doctor, Dentist , Post Office or shops in the village.

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NEDDC Examination Consultation - GT/09 Temperance Hill Woolley Moor
We are writing this e mail in response to the Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQ's) raised in the local plan, main matter 15 in relation to Question 28 (services/facilities in village and size of site) + Question 29 (impact on landscape/access) and wish to make the following points:
* Road Safety could be compromised on Temperance Hill due to access.
* We have concerns how this proposed site will impact upon the local environment- the wildlife and habitats and its close proximity to the Ogston Reservoir which is a site of special scientific interest and well known tourist attraction.
* There is currently a historical and nature trail that runs across the proposed site and is used daily by dog walkers and ramblers and regularly used by local schoolchildren and those from other areas.

* The utility services to nearby houses and farms could be adversely affected by the close proximity of such a site.

* The site is too small for provision for 3 pitches .

* There is no Doctor, Dentist , Post Office or shops in the village .

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9366

Received: 26/01/2019

Respondent: Ms. Jackie Collingwood

Representation:

Due to lack of facilities/buses in the village the inhabitants of the site will have to travel by car for shopping etc which will also increase the traffic.

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I am writing in response to the Matter, Issues and Questions (MIQ's) raised in the local plan, main matter 15, in relation to question 28 (services/facilities in the village and the size of the site) and question 29 (impact on landscape/access).

I do not think this proposed should go ahead;
1. This site is near a visitor attraction (Ogston reservoir), the views of the countryside will be spoiled by the presence of mobile homes. As yet I have not seen a mobile home that enhances the landscape. The look and presence of the site could deter visitors and local walkers.
2. The local school uses the surrounding area and site for educational walks and for collecting items for collages. The site is also used by local walkers. This may have to cease due to presumed restrictions of site access.
3. Since the site will be used for travellers that must mean an increase of regular movement of large vehicles on narrow country lanes. ...redacted... and quiet country roads will be much busier and less safe.
4. Due to lack of facilities/buses in the village the inhabitants of the site will have to travel by car for shopping etc which will also increase the traffic.
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Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9367

Received: 29/01/2019

Respondent: Ms. Nancy Walters

Representation:

The village has no shops post office doctors and very few buses.
To propose a gypsy site so close to neighbouring houses in an area of natural beauty would be wrong and will spoil the area for residents and all who visit this beauty spot.

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I am writing in response to the ( MIQ ) raised in the local plan main matter 15 in relation to question 28 + 29.

I am strongly against the proposed gypsy site at Temperance Hill Woolley Moor, reason's being the historical importance of the footpath/ bridle way which runs through the proposed site,leading to the old well that was used for drinking water for Woolley Moor and Temperance Hill,which is also a haven for wildlife. The local primary school use the area for nature walks. The pathway is used by local people,ramblers dog walkers and children going to school.
The water course that runs along the bottom of the proposed site and the pollution it may have, being that it runs directly into Ogston reservoir with its wildlife,ducks,geese. Great crested grebe nest there which was recently featured in the Daily Mail with plastic in its bill,the pollution will only get worse with the proposed site.
The site is the only green space for children of Temperance Hill to play and kick a ball around its much to dangerous to play on the narrow lanes.
The village has no shops post office doctors and very few buses.
To propose a gypsy site so close to neighbouring houses in a area of natural beauty would be wrong and will spoil the area for residents and all who visit this beauty spot.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9370

Received: 31/01/2019

Respondent: Ms. Cher Maxwell

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

There are no facilities such as shops, health care, hospitals and other amenities. All of which are in neighbouring larger towns. The bus route is extremely limited on a weekend, with no service on a Sunday.

Having used the proposed site for dog and personal exercise, I cannot understand how this area can accommodate 3 pitches for travellers. Mitigation measures would have to be taken into consideration along the residents side in the South, the north of the site has a footpath which is part of the Woolley Moor trail which I have followed as a visitor to the area. The front of the site would also need to be screened as per reports to provide the travellers with additional privacy. I have noted that some sites also require facilities for travellers such as storage and amenity areas. All of which would reduce the size considerably.

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We visit the area regularly to see family and also appreciate the area as a tourist destination and take in many of the rural areas for leisure use.

I would like to place my objections to Matter, Issues and Questions raised in the local plan in relation to the following questions -

Question 28 -

*There are no facilities such as shops, health care, hospitals and other amenities. All of which are further a field in neighbouring larger towns. When visiting we always ensure that we arrive fully prepared. The bus route is extremely limited on a weekend, with no service on a Sunday.

* Having used the proposed site for dog and personal exercise, I cannot understand how this area can accommodate 3 pitches for travellers. Mitigation measures would have to be taken into consideration along the residents side in the South, the north of the site has a footpath which is part of the Woolley Moor trail which I have followed as a visitor to the area. The front of the site would also need to be screened as per reports to provide the travellers with additional privacy. I have noted that some sites also require facilities for travellers such as storage and amenity areas. All of which would reduce the size considerably.

Question 29 -

* Woolley Moor is in an area of sensitivity and has been documented as such on reports. Areas classed as this are sensitive to change. One report states that the site is "not best line of fit", so I question why this site is still being considered.

* Temperance Hill is a road of the national speed limit, cars travel at speed along this road and is used regularly by farm traffic. There is no pavement to the north of the site which also includes a blind hill on approach to the proposed site. The combination of a car travelling at speed with limited view of exiting vehicles from the site is an awaiting accident.

* On my visits to Woolley Moor, I have seen this grass area used by ramblers, dog walkers and children.

* No amount of mitigation would alter the impact that this site would have on the landscape and surrounding area. The site would be viewed and vise versa from numerous locations around the village, the gardens of residents in the cottages, the farm to the north east, houses on Beresford Lane and Ashover New Road and also from higher areas in Handley.

I trust that the concerns from myself and local residents will be taken into consideration.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9372

Received: 27/01/2019

Respondent: Ms. Chloe Guest

Representation:

Due the elevated position of Temperance Hill, the houses next to the site are visible from the paths along Ogston reservoir (and the reservoir itself). The addition of caravans would not be in keeping with the colours or shapes of the stone buildings or surrounding countryside of the special landscape area, and would therefore have a negative impact on the landscape character, visible from Ogston. As Ogston and its associated footpaths are advertised to visitors to the Peak District, it is realistic to conclude that the visible traveller site would affect tourism in the area.

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I am writing in response to the Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs) raised in the local plan in relation to question 29 (impact on landscape/access), and 28 (size of site) for GT/09 Temperance Hill, Woolley Moor.

Due the elevated position of Temperance Hill, the houses next to the site are visible from the paths along Ogston reservoir (and the reservoir itself). The addition of caravans would not be in keeping with the colours or shapes of the stone buildings or surrounding countryside of the special landscape area, and would therefore have a negative impact on the landscape character, visible from Ogston. As Ogston and its associated footpaths are advertised to visitors to the Peak District, it is realistic to conclude that the visible traveller site would affect tourism in the area.

The Landscape Appraisal Document notes that there appear to be no public rights of way within the site, however there appears to be a footpath within the boundary of the site which passes across the north side (pictured on OS maps and a number of local walk maps), although it is unclear to me whether this is a public right of way. I do not believe consideration for this path has been accounted for in the documentation so far.

The presence of this footpath (whether a PROW or not), paired with the house on the south side overlooking the site, plus the site being visible from Ogston reservoir, arguably contradicts the LLA site assessment point 16 that states the site will provide a fair amount of privacy.

I would also like to raise concerns around the contradiction of achieving visibility splay while also suggesting that a hedgerow should be planted alongside the road. A hedge would block the visibility splay and make access to the site dangerous, yet it has been stated to be needed to mitigate the negative effects on the landscape character. These do not appear to be possible together, thus making the site unsuitable for development according to your own documentation.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9374

Received: 27/01/2019

Respondent: Mr Bruce Hunter

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

This site is inappropriate for this use. The government's own doctrine was that locating these sites in rural areas was not suitable and contrary to the council's assessment of the area. There is no post office within 500 yards and no shops within several miles and very limited public transport and no secondary school, dentists, doctors etc.

Part of the governments guidance clearly states that 'the scale of such sites does not dominate the nearest settled community' The proposed site is for three pitches, the adjacent properties on temperance hill totals nine properties which in dwellings and areas makes the proposal 25% which is hardly going to be the small impact which the government requires.

The site falls well below the 1500sq metres of useable area once the topography, footpath, hedges and a suitable turn in area has been taken into account, the useable site is less than 900 sq metres.

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The Programme.officer
NEDDC Examination Consultation -Provision for Gypsies and Travellers
reference GT/09 Temperance Hill, Woolley Moor
As a resident in Woolley Moor I am most upset about the council's plans to site a permanent traveller's site on Temperance Hill. We feel betrayed by the council that we, along with all the other adjacent residents, have had to learn about this 'word of mouth' when it appears to be in the final stages of decision. We understand even the elected parish council had not been informed or consulted. We also understand that residents in Kelstedge and Ashover some 2- 3 miles away, have had a letter (dated 4th January) outlining the councils plans yet we who are 500m away are yet to be officially informed.
In particular regard to Matters in Questions 28 and 29 I would like to point out :
This site is inappropriate for this use. The governments own doctrine was that the locating of these sites in rural areas was not suitable and contrary to the councils assessment of the area there is no post office within 500 yards of the site, in fact there are no shops within several miles of the site and very limited public transport and no secondary school, dentists, doctors etc.
There is a water source within the site which feeds into Ogston reservoir which is an important drinking water source for the region. We understand that historically there was a row of houses on this site which were demolished due to contamination of the water source, new council homes were built on Hawthorne close, Woolley Moor to which the residents were re housed
Part of the governments guidance clearly states that 'the scale of such sites does not dominate the nearest settled community' The proposed site is for three pitches, the adjacent properties on temperance hill totals nine properties which in dwellings and areas makes the proposal 25% which is hardly going to be the small impact which the government requires.
The governments own guidance note of which the council should be following is the Department for Communities and Local Government August 2015 "Planning policy for traveller sites" ( "the Guidance"). The definition is in the Glossary in Annex 1 and the relevant bits are as follows:

"4(k) - for local planning authorities to have due regard to the protection of local amenity and local environment."
"14. When assessing the suitability of sites in rural or semi-rural settings, local planning authorities should ensure that the scale of such sites does not dominate the nearest settled community."
"25. Local planning authorities should very strictly limit new traveller site development in open countryside that is away from existing settlements or outside areas allocated in the development plan. Local planning authorities should ensure that sites in rural areas respect the scale of, and do not dominate, the nearest settled community, and avoid placing an undue pressure on the local infrastructure."

The site is part of the Woolley Moor audio nature trail and is well used by the local community and school, use of this land for a traveller site would be a huge loss of a local well used amenity. This site is rare community owned green space that is regularly used by dog walkers, children, bird watchers etc or just to sit on the bench and enjoy the peaceful view. It is located only a few hundred metres from Ogston reservoir which is a site of special scientific interest rated # 87 out of the top 1000 bird watching sites in the UK. It has been accredited with over 240 species of birds, some of which are very rare.
The site is not as large as indicated and falls well below the 1500sq metres of useable area once the topography, footpath, hedges and a suitable turn in area large enough to keep a large tow vehicle and large caravan off the road has been allocated reducing the useable site to less than 900 sq metres.
The site is serviced by a narrow road which constantly has parked cars along its route making access more restricted. Turn out of a large towed, slow moving vehicle onto the B014 in the North and B6036 in the South both which have unrestricted speed limits and poor long visibility must be a serious safety hazard. The third access to the site would be along Beresford lane (a routed favoured by most Sat Navs ) this is a very narrow road, unsuitable for any long vehicle and during school run hours is virtually blocked with many young children running around. Due to the increased traffic this project will put down Beresford Lane and Temperance Hill can the council confirm that a risk assessment has been carried out and consideration given to the safety of parents and children that use Stretton Handley primary school.
We appreciate that this site was selected by a 'desktop' feasibility study but if time had been taken to study the site at ground and community level surely it would not have been considered.
In conclusion, I would ask that the council should listen to the residents as not one within a several mile radius would approve this site and the resulting loss of such a significant community amenity and the council should re consider this as a potential site.


Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9376

Received: 28/01/2019

Respondent: Ms. Catherine Hind

Representation:

Summary by Officer.
The site is green space and well used. Woolley Moor is a small village with limited facilities, we have no shops, no post office, no doctors surgery, limited bus services and this is unlikely to ever change in the future. In winter the roads into the village are often the last ones to be gritted or cleared and the side lanes usually don't get touched, making this area quite isolated during adverse weather.

I would like to ask if this site would be a choice of the travelling community and have they been consulted bearing in mind the above, would they want to live on a site that probably only just meets the minimum for space required for their plots with barely any space for living, running a business, parking, areas, caravans and space for children and privacy.

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I am writing In response to the matters, issues and questions (MIQ's) raises in the local plan and would like to voice my concerns over this.

The plots are on a green space used by the community on the edge of a very small village with limited facilities, we have no shops, no post office, no doctors surgery, limited bus services and this is unlikely to ever change in the future. In the last 5 years I have seen only one policeman walking through this village. We have a large proportion of vulnerable elderly residents who struggle with the lack of amenities we have. In winter the roads into the village are often the last ones to be gritted or cleared and the side lanes usually don't get touched, making this area quite isolated during adverse weather.

The site itself stands on a pretty rural lane with stone cottages and a farm, the lane is narrow and at each end extreme care has to be taken when pulling out due to the limited visibility.

The level of wildlife and bird life in this area is large with ogston resevoir at the bottom of the hill, this attracts a lot of visitors to the village who come to hike, birdwatch and enjoy this beautiful area of countryside and its peace and rural scenes. Over the land itself we see foxes, badgers and stoats.

The site would be directly adjacent to a row of stone cottages meaning limited privacy for the cottage residents and the travellers, and as it's an area of natural beauty what kind of screening would provide the level needed without taking away this and limiting natural light.

My children have grown up attending the village school and have enjoyed countless nature walks and 'nature explorations' over the land and adjoining footpaths and they helped update the audio trail, this area also adds to the history of the village as there was once a pack horse trail and drinking well here. It would be a shame to lose this to provide three plots for travelers. This is a village green space used by the community.

I would like to ask if this site would be a choice of the travelling community and have they been consulted bearing in mind the above, would they want to live on a site that probably only just meets the minimum for space required for their plots with barely any space for living, running a business which many would possibly want to do, parking, areas for storage, caravans and space for children and limited privacy. It is my understanding (forgive me if I am wrong) that Gypsys and travellers have a strong community and I ask where any visitors will be able to pitch near by.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9378

Received: 04/02/2019

Respondent: Mrs Christine Brocksopp

Representation:

The site is small.Good practice Guide 2008 states that "Smaller pitches must be able to accommodate an amenity building, a large trailer, drying space for clothes and parking for at least one vehicle" ,
not allowing for emergency vehicles, and other necessities such as a play area for children, animals and workspace. The road is narrow. Larger caravans and waste collectors might find it difficult to manoeuvre in and out.
The site is isolated. Current residents choose to live there to enjoy the isolation but it leaves the travellers with no choice but to drive to access many amenities.

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The site is small.Good practice Guide 2008 states that "Smaller pitches must be able to accommodate an amenity building, a large trailer, drying space for clothes and parking for at least one vehicle" ,
not allowing for emergency vehicles, and other necessities such as a play area for children, animals and workspace. The road is narrow. Larger caravans and waste collectors might find it difficult to manoeuvre in and out.
The site is isolated. Current residents choose to live there to enjoy the isolation but it leaves the travellers with no choice but to drive to access many amenities.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9380

Received: 29/01/2019

Respondent: Mr Russell Hind

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

Consultation has been poor - residents of Woolley Moor did not receive correspondence.

Site assessment report does not demonstrate an understanding of the local area and landscape and how the impact of such a site will affect the village and the community.

The site is considered large enough to accommodate the proposed three pitches, yet when measuring it, it falls way short of the actual size as outlined in the government's recommendations. If the measurement is to be achieved, then this would cut into the Well Lane public footpath.

The site is located on the edge of the village and is not sustainable - the amenities are poor: there are no shops, no doctors or dental surgeries, a very limited infrequent bus service and a lack of policing are all evident in Woolley Moor.

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Re: Proposed Traveller/Gypsy Site at Temperance Hill, Woolley Moor, Alfreton, Derbyshire - NEDDC Examination Consultation - GT/09 Temperance Hill, Woolley Moor.
I write in response to the Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQ's) raised in the local plan relating to the proposal of a traveller/gypsy site. I have examined the plans and I know the site very well. I wish to object strongly to the proposal of the site in this location.
The Woolley Moor site has been ear marketed as a traveller/gypsy site in the local plan without consultation with the local community and or indeed with Stretton Parish Council - which I feel bitterly disappointed about. The site first came to public knowledge early in January 2019 and was only brought to light when a local resident from the neighbouring village of Kelstedge (two villages away), received a letter advising of the site - the letter was then passed onto residents in Woolley Moor. I am shocked and disgusted that residents of Woolley Moor did not receive the same correspondence.
Pressure from the government and the delay in finding suitable sites over the years has meant that Woolley Moor was added to the local planned in a rushed attempt to meet government requirements and in the hope that no one would notice. My understanding is that NEDDC employed a planning consultant from out of the area to support the proposal who carried out a desktop report only and never actually visited the site. This is clearly evident as the report has not demonstrated an understanding of the local area and landscape and how the impact of such a site will affect the village and the community.
Woolley Moor is a dispersed rural settlement where development proposals should be considered very carefully: the proposed site would ruin the character of the village and in terms of aesthetics to the surrounding properties and countryside landscape; it would damage the area considerably. The protection of Woolley Moor's visual and countryside location is vitally important, not just for local people but for visitors alike. The proposed site will affect this enormously. Should the site go ahead it fails to take into account a number of problems that will be resulting and the quality of the area in which it functions.
Relevant points I urge you to consider:-
I consider there to be an inadequate drainage and utility systems in place. Utility supplies to the immediate area will not cope with more residents; furthermore I worry about the potential pollution from the site which may run into the brook located at the rear of the site which in turn drains directly into Ogston Reservoir.
I understand that a Highways Survey was carried out to support the proposal and again I consider this inadequate. I totally disagree with the outcome of the Highways Survey! Temperance Hill, as mentioned in your report, is a narrow lane which serves access to Ashover New Road B6036 to the north and the B6014 to the south. Both junctions do not have suitable visibility splays to carry additional traffic and furthermore they will not support the regular use of trailer traffic and light haulage on a regular basis. Even a small increase in traffic on this lane will potentially cause accidents. In addition, the site is located opposite a working farm which has large farm vehicles coming in and out of the gateway on a regular basis. This, invariably, will cause monumental problems when navigating if additional traffic/vehicles are present at the proposed site.
The site is considered large enough to accommodation the proposed three pitches, yet when measuring it, it falls way short of the actual size as outlined in the government's recommendations. If the measurement is to be achieved, then this would cut into the Well Lane public footpath which is located at the north side of the site where many ramblers and dog walker use on a daily basis. More importantly the historical interest of the path, which has an old stone drinking well and was once used as a pack horse trail and nowadays used by local school children at Stretton Handley and other schools in the area as part of the Woolley Moor Historic Audio Tour, will be hugely affected if not abandoned - which would be a very sad indeed!
Given the pretty countryside location and the sensitivity of the site, wildlife will be disrupted and potentially harmed for years to come. Many birds, including Ospreys currently nesting at Ogston, badger habitats and other wildlife species are a fundamental part of the countryside and to the local area and to harm them in this unnecessary way is quite shocking.
In conclusion: I feel badly let down by NEDDC and the way in which this proposal has been handled both locally and at government level. The proposed site has been particularly ill-considered. It is situated on a Greenfield site used by villagers for recreation purposes, dog walkers, ramblers and children from local schools. Trailers/Caravans will both diminish the immediate area and from a distance harming the countryside scene. It will also cause unnecessary problems for the wildlife present in the area and for local people. Furthermore, the site is located on the edge of the village and is not sustainable - the amenities are poor: there are no shops, no doctors or dental surgeries, a very limited infrequent bus service and a lack of policing are all evident in Woolley Moor.
I urge you to remove this proposal from the local plan, for the good of the local people and the traveller community alike - the site is simply not suitable for all concerned.
We understand that the Parish Councils in Brackenfield and Ashover both share all of these concerns.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9385

Received: 27/01/2019

Respondent: Mr & Mrs John & Ruth Blackhurst

Representation:

Woolley Moor is only a hamlet, with no basic facilities available for travellers.

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We write to oppose, formally, the proposed gypsy and traveller site listed above, referred to in the Matters and Questions raised in the Local Plan, relating to Questions 28 and 29.
We feel firstly that there is a highways issue, given the relatively large size of travellers' vehicles generally, and the ability of a small road to cope with that.
A walk, known as The Woolley Moor Trail, goes across the proposed site, and this is regularly used by school children from many schools. It would be difficult to countenance any continuation of this great facility, should the proposal succeed.
Woolley Moor is only a hamlet, with no basic facilities available for travellers.
The site would impact adversely the landscape around an area, where Ogston Resrvoir predominates, and where the conservation of many forms of wild life is likely to become adversely affected.
In all' we believe that this proposal should be rejected, because of the arguments put forward above.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9386

Received: 27/01/2019

Respondent: Ms. Kim Hunter

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

The site is small and will be made even smaller by the planting of hedges to protect the local environment and adjacent houses. Surely the gypsy and traveller community require larger spaces to accommodate their amenities.

There are no shops, doctors, dentists, pharmacists, senior schools and other amenities within a 2+ miles radius and contrary to your study there is not a post office in the village. All of the said amenities can only be reached by car as to walk there is dangerous along narrow windy roads with no pavements. The bus service operates infrequently and has been in danger of being suspended altogether due to lack of use.

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NEDDC Examination Consultation
Reference GT/09 Temperance Hill, Woolley Moor

I have never written a letter of protest before but feel it is my duty to state all the relevant facts as to why a permanent gypsy and traveller site should not be allowed here

The site is open grassland where I daily walk my dog and very often sit on the site bench to admire the beautiful scenery, listen to the bird life and enjoy the peace and tranquility of open countryside. It is frequently used by ramblers and is part of the Woolley Moor audio trail which is used by the local school and other visiting schools to the area.

It is a small site and will be made even smaller by the planting of hedges to protect the local environment and adjacent houses. Surely the gypsy and traveller community require larger spaces to accommodate all the amenities as set out in their requirements for new gypsy and traveller sites namely
An amenity building, one touring caravan and one large trailer (or 2 trailers), a lockable shed, drying space for clothes, a small garden area and parking for 2 vehicles

The site is full of natural wildlife with a stream at the bottom which feeds Ogston Reservoir which is a source of drinking water for the area. There are several very active nature and wildlife groups and such a site could impose a threat to the natural habitat of these species. The sign below is located less than 300 m away at Ogston Reservoir which is a SSSI site.

Woolley Moor is an area of sensitivity and such a site would therefore not be in keeping with the landscape character. There are residential houses adjacent to the site and the planting of hedges would not mitigate the impact this would haveon their privacy or on the landscape. The site will be seen from houses and working farms in the surrounding fields. Due to the access needed from the road a wide opening will have to be made and therefore the site will be fully visible from passing pedestrians and traffic alike.

There are no shops, doctors, dentists, pharmacists, senior schools and other amenities within a 2+ miles radius and contrary to your study there is not a post office in the village. All of the said amenities can only be reached by car as to walk there is dangerous along narrow windy roads with no pavements. The bus service operates infrequently and has been in danger of being suspended altogether due to lack of use.

Access to the site for such large vehicles required by the gypsy and traveller community is extremely hazardous and dangerous. Since the removal of the traffic mirror increased traffic has been forced on to Temperence Hill because residents no longer turn right out of Badger Lane on to Ashover New Road.

In conclusion I feel that a permanent gypsy and traveller site is not in keeping with the area, could have an impact on the natural habitat of wildlife and as there are no facilities is not suitable for the gypsy and traveller community. The site is approached from the brow of a hill and I do not believe that the visibility of traffic is satisfactory and indeed dangerous.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9388

Received: 01/02/2019

Respondent: Donna Lucas-Yates and Kathryn Lucas-Yates

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

Amenities
There are limited local amenities in the village. Other than the primary school there are no shops, post offices, doctors or dentists. There is a very limited bus service which is infrequent during the daytime and even less so in the evening.
The location of this site is not sustainable as amenities are a significant distance away including places of employment. The Local Plan evidence states that Woolley Moor is a village with limited sustainability.

Proposed Site
Location, scale and design are not appropriate to the quaint rural hamlet of Woolley Moor. The area of land is far too small for proposed 3 pitches.
No information about how site would be maintained and the cost in doing so including refuse collection and implementation of utilities, services and the necessary maintenance and upkeep.
Precedence of rejected planning applications.

Consultation process
Significant lack of consultation
Insufficient evidence

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I write in response to the Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQ's) raised in the local plan, specifically Main matter 15, questions 28 and 29 the Services/facilities in the village and size of the site and in addition the impact on the landscape and access.

I have lived in Woolley Moor for a number of years and being a resident in this area would like to put forward my strong opposition to the gypsy and travellers site which is proposed for inclusion within the local plan. My rationale for this opposition is detailed below;

The Highway
* Temperence Hill itself is a narrow road which in some parts narrows further which severely restricts the passing of two vehicles. There are houses situated on Temperence Hill juxtaposed to the proposed site and as a result a number of vehicles are often parked on this road also. The types of vehicles commonly used by the gypsy and travelling community (eg Mobile homes / caravans and vehicles used for towing these types of vehicles) I believe would not only be difficult to navigate on and off the proposed site itself but also the exit from either of the junctions at the top and bottom of Temperence Hill.
* The junction with Ashover Road has restricted views to the left as the road curves out of view. My personal experience of regularly travelling along Ashover Road is that viewing is also further restricted in the winter months when the sun is particularly bright and low which impedes the view of any oncoming vehicle / vehicle exiting the junction with Temperence Hill and the junction opposite.
* The same issues are also encountered when exiting Temperence Hill onto the B6014 (Dark Lane) which has a significantly restricted view of vehicles travelling from the left (again due to a curve in the road).
* Both roads are fast moving with a 50 mph speed on Ashover Road prior to entering the village at the junction with Temperence Hill (where the maximum speeds reduces to 30 mph just after the junction). The entering/exiting of slow moving vehicles from either of the junctions on Temperence Hill could compromise the safety of the passengers in all vehicles.
Landscape
* I believe that this proposed travellers site would have an adverse effect on the landscape of this area. We are in close proximity to the Ogston reservoir which is a site which attracts a number of tourists and bird watchers alike. It is an area of scientific interest with a variety of wildlife which is also incorporated within the immediate surrounding area of the reservoir including this small parcel of land (subject of this proposal).
* The Woolley Moor trail runs across this site and is used every day by ramblers/walkers, local residents, visitors, local school children and it also attracts children from schools in other areas.
* The area is steeped in local history including the Well Lane Footpath which was used as a pack horse rail and includes an old well which was once used for drinking water.
* I know a number of the village residents use this area to walk their dogs and I also regularly walk from my home around the village and surrounding areas along the available footpaths to enjoy all that the scenery has to offer.
* The neighbouring houses to this proposed site also would be subjected to adverse effects insofar as they would lose any enjoyment of the view from their window overlooking this proposed site. Any proposed hedging would take a significant time to become established and would only be effective from a ground point of view and would not encompass the loss of view from an elevated position.
* The conclusion of the Councils own evidence indicates that the use of this site as a travellers site would have a significant adverse impact on the landscape.
Amenities
* There are very limited local amenities in the village. Other than the primary school there are no shops, post offices, doctors or dentists. There is a very limited bus service which is infrequent during the daytime and even less so in the evening.
* The location of this proposed site is therefore not believed to be sustainable as all the above amenities are a significant distance away including places of employment.
* The Councils own Local Plan evidence states that Woolley Moor is a village with limited sustainability.
The proposed site
* I do not believe that the location, scale and design are appropriate to the quaint rural hamlet of Woolley Moor. The area of land for this proposed site is far too small for a proposed 3 pitches.
* There is no information as to how this site is to be maintained and the cost in doing so including refuse collection and the implementation of utilities and services and the maintenance and upkeep of them.
* Although I appreciate this is a proposal for inclusion within the local plan, the NEDDC have previously rejected planning applications within this local and surrounding areas with their comments for rejection including words to the effect that the proposal `would detract from the character and appearance of the local area and `unsustainable location in the country side'. Both these statements I believe would be appropriate to reject this current proposal of the gypsy and travellers site on Temperence Hill.
The Consultation process
* I believe there has been a significant lack of consultation in respect of this matter with local residents including myself only being made aware of the proposed site being included within the local plan within the last month.
* I do not feel that enough evidence has been provided by the council on why the Temperence Hill site is being proposed. Information has only been forthcoming from a local meeting with other residents, whereby it was indicated that this site was only put forward AFTER a change in the initial assessment criteria. This change was only made as the initial assessment did not identify enough sites in the first instance. If the Temperence Hill site did not qualify initially then what changes were made for it to be subsequently included? If those changes could be made why were they not included in the first instance?
* Why have these plans only come forward so close to the time when the Local Plan is to be adopted when other housing proposals have had years with a consultation process.
* Information in relation to this proposal is not easily accessed and I do not believe enough time has been given for residents to consider everything and respond accordingly.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9391

Received: 19/01/2019

Respondent: Mr Michael Tannert

Representation:

The local area is sparsely populated with few houses and few farms. There are no local shops, no doctors or dental surgeries, no post office or secondary school. From this aspect alone I feel this site to be unsuitable.

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My objection to the proposal MIQ 28 & 29 are as follows:


1) The site proposed is adjacent to 5 or 6 stone cottages to the left hand side the site, which they overlook. NEDDC have stated that a hedge will screen the site and solve the problem. Really? It would require a hedge at least 2metres high and would completely block the light to the first cottage, the home of an
85 year old resident.

2)Temperance Hill is a narrow lane which is diminished even further by parked cars outside the cottages, some of which have no off road parking. This will only be exacerbated by vehicles parking in front of the site which quite frankly isn't big enough to accommodate them. The lane itself twists and turns as it meets the junction with the B6036 and at points narrows naturally to a single carriageway. At the eastern end, the lane meets the junction of the B6014. This is a notoriously narrow lane, with several tight bends and pinch points along its entire length from Stretton to Tansley. This lane is not a lane for caravans, motor homes or lorries believe me!!

3)The local area is sparsely populated with few houses and few farms. There are no local shops, no doctors or dental surgeries, no post office or secondary school. From this aspect alone I feel this site to be unsuitable.

4)The site itself will be highly visible from all aspects as it lies in a valley. This will have a deleterious affect for miles around that is essentially the Gateway to the Peak District.


5)The site itself falls away at a slight gradient and then falls steeply through a densely populated to a brook which carries water 150 - 200metres and then discharges directly into Ogston Reservoir which supplies drinking water to Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. Travellers and gypsies are legally entitled to run businesses from their sites however, this may include processes where pollutants may find their way into the ground and consequently into the stream. There is no where else for it to go, liquids will always find their lowest level which is into the stream which contains all manner of wild life. From there it will enter the reservoir within minutes. Ogston Reservoir is and has been for a number of years a SSSI. It is also a Special Landscape Area incorporated June 1988.
It is an area noted for its outstanding beauty. The reservoir itself is owned by Severn Trent. It has its own Bird Club, Sailing Club, (petrol and diesel engines are banned because of pollution fears). It also has a trout fishing club, all working in harmony to protect this delicate eco-system.

The reservoir is famous nationally for its winter gull roost and the large number of different bird species who visit there. Indeed, a Siberian Chiff Chaff and Rosy Starling have been sighted this month alone. An Osprey nest site has been erected just to the West of the site, in the real hope that a pair of the several who visit Ogston every Spring will eventually breed there. To the North of the site is a thriving Heronry that has grown year on year.

I hope I have painted a picture of a tranquil nature reserve and dearly hope that this demonstrates that one careless action on the site would cause an ecological disaster of monumental proportions to the area and we simply cannot and must not allow this to happen and I view this as a real and justifiable reason to refuse this proposal. I would take no pleasure in saying "I told you so" if this site were to go ahead.

In conclusion, I apologise if I appear to have rambled on somewhat, but I sincerely hope you can see that this has not only been written with my head, but also with my heart.

I see around me wildlife habitats being swallowed up it seems unbounded, I see bird populations diminishing and if we can prevent one potential disaster befalling us I will feel I have played a small part in preventing it.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to air my views and look forward to hearing yours in due course.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9393

Received: 25/01/2019

Respondent: H Hopkinson

Representation:

The site itself is not large enough, not level and slopes steeply to a water course which feeds the reservoir except in summer which it dries up completely. The village has not shops, post office, doctor or dentist.

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Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9395

Received: 22/01/2019

Respondent: Mr Victor W Lebeter

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

The village has no shops or facilities apart from the pub, access to services and facilties would have to be by vehicle.

Concern over potential risk of fire related tragedy based on site size, the footpath that runs along one side and the house on the other side.

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