Question 29

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Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9221

Received: 15/01/2019

Respondent: Elspeth Cunningham

Representation:

Serious effect on landscape, green area gone for ever, high cost per pitch, poor access, possible land stability issues.

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Siting a permanent travellers site on a currently attractive grassed area in a rural community is bound to have a severe effect on landscape quality, whether or not the site is screened off. That green area is gone for ever. No doubt it will be possible to connect to whatever services are available locally, but building an amenity block together with connections to all these services, just for the benefit of three pitches, seems a very poor use of a precious budget. There is immediate access to the local highway but Temperance Hill is very narrow. In terms of land stability that could be an issue because of the steeply sloping land to the west down to the brook, parts of which could become unstable in flood conditions.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9225

Received: 15/01/2019

Respondent: Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

No objection to the site in principle; concerns listed below:

Site comprised wholly of amenity grassland (low intrinsic ecological value). Evidence of badger activity, but no badger setts identified on site.
An (non-EIA) ecological impact assessment should be undertaken to accompany any planning application.
Development would likely result in loss of grassland. Southern hedgerow and northern trees should be retained, and woodland to west adequately protected.
Human disturbance could impact on woodland.
Drainage should be carefully considered to ensure pollution impacts to the stream and potentially Ogston Reservoir are fully assessed.
Unlikely to be any ecological constraints significant enough to prevent development of the site, however development has the potential to be detrimental to the adjacent woodland and cause a minor loss of foraging habitat for local wildlife.
Mitigation/compensation measures may be necessary to achieve this.

Site in 'Area of Primary Sensitivity', due to the landscape character of the site and surrounding area, rather than ecology.

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Proposal: Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation
Location: Temperance Hill, Wooley Moor and Greenway, Wingerworth
Application Ref No: Unknown

With reference to the above application, I am responding as the Biodiversity Planning Officer responsible for work relating to the Service Level Agreement, which the North East Derbyshire District Council and the Trust have signed. The following comments are aimed at providing accurate and up to date information on the nature conservation issues associated with the proposed development.

Response

The Trust responded to the earlier consultations on the Gypsy and Traveller Sites in both May and October 2018. These comments were based on a desk study of the various sites, using our database of biological records and habitat information. Since the previous consultations, the number of potential sites has been narrowed down to four. The Trust have recently been contacted by several members of the public about the Temperance Hill site and therefore we visited the site on 11th January 2019 to ensure that our previous comments are accurate. Given the proximity of the Greenway site and that public access was available, we also visited this site on the same day. It was decided not to visit the other two sites: Dark Lane, North Wingfield and the Old Potato Store as these both appear to comprise already disturbed areas of private land and our previous comments are considered unlikely to change. Additional comments on Temperance Hill and Greenway are provided below:

Temperance Hill
During the visit, it was evident that the site is comprised wholly of amenity grassland, which is of low intrinsic ecological value. A managed hawthorn hedgerow is present on the southern boundary and young to semi-mature ash and sycamore trees are present along the northern boundary. A copse of broadleaved woodland, comprising ash, goat willow and hawthorn amongst other species, is present in the west immediately adjacent to the site. The woodland is situated on a steep slope leading away from the site and towards a small stream. The stream flows into Ogston Reservoir SSSI approximately 300 m south. In terms of species interests, there is abundant evidence of badger activity within the woodland and along the footpath on the northern woodland edge, including badger paths, foraging pits and latrines. There is also evidence of foraging within the amenity grassland, which could be attributable to badger or rabbit. A thorough check of the woodland did not identify any badger setts, however our database shows numerous setts in the local area. The amenity grassland is also likely to be used by foraging birds and small mammal such as hedgehogs.

We acknowledge that the site is located in an 'Area of Primary Sensitivity', however this is largely related to the landscape character of the site and surrounding area rather than ecology.

Should the site be taken forward, a (non-EIA) ecological impact assessment should be undertaken to accompany any planning application. This would assess the impacts of specific proposals for the site and provide detailed mitigation measures. However at this stage, we assume that proposals for three pitches would result in the loss of the amenity grassland. We would advise that the southern hedgerow and northern trees should be retained and that the woodland to the west should be adequately protected with Root Protection Areas and appropriate fencing. An increase in human disturbance to the woodland, along with littering/tipping, may result from the development of the site. In addition, drainage should be carefully considered to ensure pollution impacts to the stream and potentially Ogston Reservoir are fully assessed. Depending on the nature of drainage proposals, the LPA may wish to consult Natural England as the site falls within the risk zone of the SSSI. Ultimately, there are unlikely to be any ecological constraints significant enough to prevent development of the site (Guidelines for Ecological Impact Assessment in the UK and Ireland, CIEEM, 2018), however development has the potential to be detrimental to the adjacent woodland and cause a minor loss of foraging habitat for local wildlife. This should be considered by the LPA as the National Planning Policy Framework 2018 aims for development and planning decisions to achieve a net biodiversity gain. Mitigation/compensation measures may be necessary to achieve this.

Greenway
This site is dominated by amenity grassland, with a linear belt of scrub and semi-mature ash and sycamore trees along the northern boundary. A mature ash tree is located on the western boundary within a poorly-managed elder and hawthorn hedge. A managed beech hedgerow is located along the southern boundary and an elder and hawthorn hedgerow is present for approximately half the length of the eastern boundary. The site in general is of low ecological value, with the boundary features providing most interest. In terms of species interests, no badger setts were noted within the site boundary, although 'push throughs' were recorded in the western hedgerow and paths within the northern scrub. These may be created by foraging badgers from setts in the local area, identified on our database. The site is likely to be used by other local wildlife including birds, hedgehogs and foxes, however protected species constraints are unlikely.

Should the site be taken forward, a (non-EIA) ecological impact assessment should be undertaken to accompany any planning application. This would assess the impacts of specific proposals for the site and provide mitigation measures. However at this stage, we assume that proposals for three pitches would result in the loss of the amenity grassland and potentially some of the western hedgerow for access. We would advise that where practicable, boundary vegetation is retained, including the mature ash tree. All trees should be adequately protected with Root Protection Areas. There are unlikely to be any ecological constraints significant enough to prevent development of the site.

It is hoped that the information provided is helpful to the Council. If you require any further information or wish to discuss any of the comments made, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,
Libby Duggan-Jones
Biodiversity Planning Officer

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9231

Received: 16/01/2019

Respondent: Ashover Parish Council

Representation:

Element assigned by Officer.

Environment
Ashover Parish Council has concerns regarding the ecology of the area and requests that an Environmental Impact Assessment is undertaken on the proposed site with full consultation to include Natural England, English Heritage and the Environment Agency.

Landscape
The use of this site as a traveller site would have a significant adverse impact on the landscape. This is evidenced by NEDDC and whilst the District Council states that this would be overcome by the hedges, Ashover Parish Council does not support this view and considers that the site would be prominent in the surrounding countryside and on the landscape.

Full text:

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

Ashover Parish Council considered the above consultation at its meeting held on
Tuesday 15 January 2019 and is responding to Local Plan Main Matter 15, questions 28 and 29 (relating to the location of the site and material impacts in relation to the Woolley Moor site).

Environment
Ashover Parish Council has concerns regarding the ecology of the area and requests
that an Environmental Impact Assessment is undertaken on the proposed site with full consultation to include Natural England, English Heritage and the Environment Agency.

Location
Ashover Parish Council does not consider that the site is sustainable as it is a significant distance from Schools, Doctors, shops and employment opportunities etc. and has a limited bus service. NEDDC Local Plan evidence demonstrates that Woolley Moor has limited sustainability and the proposed site is on the outskirts of the village.

Landscape
The use of this site as a traveller site would have a significant adverse impact on the
landscape. This is evidenced by NEDDC and whilst the District Council states that this would be overcome by the hedges, Ashover Parish Council does not support this view and considers that the site would be prominent in the surrounding countryside and on the landscape.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9248

Received: 15/01/2019

Respondent: M & R. J. Jenkins & Freestone

Representation:

Summary and identification of question by Officer.

The proposed location of the site is not sustainable, being in the countryside on a very narrow road with no services, no running water, no electricity and no waste or sewage disposal facilities. Poor roads surrounding the site, potentially dangerous.

Concern over visual impacts, in particular on those in surrounding properties.

The landscape and surrounding area lies within the locally designated Derbyshire Special Landscape Area, that includes areas of Multiple Sensitivity. Site lies within an area of primary significance in relation to ecological features, visual unity and historic environment. Development could have an adverse effect on landscape.

Site feeds into Ogston Reservoir. Contamination could impact on nearby wildlife.

Full text:

We write with regard to the recently issued consultation concerning the proposal for potentially four Gypsy/Traveller sites on land to the north of 13 Temperance Hill Woolley Moor, as referenced above.

As residents of Temperance Hill it can be seen that the proposed location of the site is not sustainable, being in the countryside on a very narrow road with no services, no running water, no electricity and no waste or sewage disposal facilities.
The road junction with the B6014 at the bottom of Temperance Hill is an extreemly bad junction, in that visibility in both directions is very limited and has been the scene of previous accidents and near misses. One would therefore be very concerned for the safety of vehicles pulling trailers and Caravans, together with other road users etc emerging onto and from the B6014.
With regard to local facilities, there are no Shops in Woolley Moor, no Post Office and no Medical facilities ie Doctor or Dental surgeries.

It is also very concerning the visual adverse impact that such a site would have, especially for the existing residents whose properties adjoin the site under review and those who own properties that not only directly face, but also overlook the site.
The landscape and the surrounding area concerned lies within the locally designated Derbyshire Special Landscape Area, that include areas of Multiple Sensitivity.
Assesment made by Derbyshire CC in Nov 2010 identifies the site as lying within an area of primary significace in relation to ecological features, the visual unity and the historic environment.
Consequently, Gypsy and Traveller accomodation are very likely to have an adverse effect on this very sensitive landscape.

Also of concern is the small Brook that lies adjacent to the site and feeds into Ogston Reservoir. Should this become contaminated then both the Wildlife, Wildfowl, Birds and Fish etc that live on and in the reservoir, will be at a huge risk.

It is therefore for the above mentioned reason that we would like to register our protest at such a scheme going ahead.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9254

Received: 16/01/2019

Respondent: Lisa Woodal

Representation:

Summary by officer

The site would have a significant adverse impact on the landscape and public views across it.

It would have a negative impact on the privacy of adjacent residents.

The site could not be screened by a native hedge as it would not get tall enough to stop the site being visible.

Drainage is an issue and I am concerned about waste going into the stream which will then carry pollutants into nearby Ogston reservoir. Also concerned about impact on surrounding wildlife. There are also badger setts and evidence of other wildlife living in the bushes and trees.

Temperance Hill is not suitable to carry any more traffic, there are blind spots, and it would not be safe for pedestrians as there is only a short stretch of causeway.

Running alongside the site is an audio trail, a public footpath, a short causeway.

Full text:

LOCAL PLAN OBJECTION RELATING TO GYPSY TRAVELLER SITE AT TEMPERANCE HILL, WOOLLEY MOOR.
I am responding to Local Plan Main Matter 15, questions 28 & 29.
I feel that the area in question is totally unsuitable for use as a traveller/Gypsy site. The site would not be in keeping with the surrounding area of our beautiful, well-kept, very small, rural village. It would have a significant adverse impact on the landscape. The site could not be screened by a native hedge as suggested as it would not get tall enough to stop the site being visible from the road and surrounding properties. Native hedges are also deciduous so for at least 6 months of the year you would be able to see through it. It would have a heavy, negative impact on the privacy and lives of the residents who are immediately situated next to the site.
As Woolley Moor is very 'hilly' and a popular place for walkers, the site would have a significant harm to public views across the landscape. It would be on view from a vast number of places in the vicinity.
Drainage is an issue and I am concerned that all kinds of 'waste' will go into the stream next to the site which will then carry pollutants into the reservoir which is home to rare species of birds and other wildlife.
The road (Temperance Hill) is not suitable to carry any more traffic. If you face the road from the proposed site there are blind spots created from crests in the road both ways, particularly to the left and it would not be safe for pedestrians to have more vehicles on the road as there is only a short stretch of causeway.
Running alongside of the proposed site is an audio trail, a public footpath, a short causeway with a post box, bench and a bus stop. There are also badger setts and evidence of other wildlife living in the bushes and trees such as foxes, nesting birds of various species and newts in the river - all of which would be disturbed if the site was created.
We have a large conservation area 0.2 miles away from the proposed site around Ogston reservoir, the village is popular with walkers, wildlife enthusiasts, holidaymakers (the village has several holiday accommodation businesses), and visitors to the local pub and plant nursery.
The site would not be sustainable for Gypsy travellers. Woolley Moor is a very small, very rural village and there are no shops of any kind, Post Office, Community Centres, doctors surgeries, dentists, secondary schools or places for employment. The buses run very infrequently which makes it hard to get out of the village.

It is in my opinion that the site should be withdrawn from proposal to be included in the Local Plan on account of all the above reasons.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9257

Received: 17/01/2019

Respondent: Rosie Wilson

Representation:

Summary and Element by Officer.

Site next to a stream, could be pollution. This stream could flood.

Site is in an area of natural beauty, and close Ogston Reservoir. Site is near a SSSI, which is well-known for wildlife.
This site is on a narrow road with three difficult and dangerous junctions. One junction has very difficult visibility, one has major gradient issues dipping down before a dip upwards to a narrow right or left turn. And the third is at a very difficult T junction where visibility is often restricted by other vehicles and in bad weather is avoided by the locals due to its danger. Unsuitable for travellers and Gypsy's with their mobile homes, could cause many accidents.

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This is a letter of objection
I have 5 points which makes me make the above statement.
1.
The proposed site at Woolley Moor is in an area of natural beauty. Its also only a stones-throw away (1 minute walk) from the beautiful Ogston Reservoir. This is a site listed of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and has gained a reputation as one of the premier inland sites in the country to watch and record birds roosting and the migration passage.
2.
The site is also next to a stream which feeds the reservoir and therefore pollution is an absolute danger. This stream also can rise quickly is there is a downpour of rain.
3.
There is an existing footpath for walkers and ramblers running across the site.
4.
This site is on temperance hill which is a narrow road with three very difficult and dangerous junctions. One junction has very difficult visibility, one has major gradient issues dipping down before a dip upwards to a narrow right or left turn. And the third is at a very difficult T junction where visibility is often restricted by other vehicles and in bad weather is avoided by the locals due to its danger. Cars often find these lanes very narrow and difficult especially if passing traffic, especially for example when the Tractors and large farm vehicles from the many farms (one which is directly opposite the proposed site). To propose to encourage travellers and Gypsys with their mobile homes is a very bad idea and one which could cause many accidents.
5.
Finally, as a local resident of Woolley Moor I feel it needs to be said that this village has little if no infrastructure for a travellers/Gypsy site. We don't not have any of the normal amenities to offer Travellers or Gypsies. We have no post office, bank or shop of any kind. It is a car journey to Clay Cross or Matlock or Alfreton for these services.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9259

Received: 22/01/2019

Respondent: Mr Ben Cooke

Representation:

Site is overlooked. Sensitive location. Accessible green space. Woolley Moor Trail runs by site - educational and environmental area. Loss of natural habitats and area of natural beauty.

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The site is above a row of houses and opposite a farm overlooking Ogston reservoir. Therefore the site will be overlooked by these neighbouring properties which will hugely impact the natural beauty of the area as well as the amount of natural light entering the windows of the neighbouring properties.

I have noticed that some other sites were discounted for being in a village centre or in a sensitive location. The Temperance hill site is in a village and it is in an incredibly sensitive area full of woodland, habitats and natural beauty. Therefore it should be discounted also under the same criteria?

The space in question is a much valued green space used by locals and tourists alike for many different activities such as dog walking, running/exercise, picnics, bird watching, nature studies and observations as well as just sitting to listen, see and enjoy the natural beauty of the views.

As a child of the school many years ago I helped set up the Woolley Moor trail which goes through the site. We set it up in order for people to explore the natural beauty of the area as well as to enjoy the differing animal habitats and keep fit in doing so. Therefore we mapped out the route carefully to enjoy the best sounds and views of Woolley Moor. The footpath through the site goes down through woodland and to a little bridge over the stream which is where we placed point 6 of the trail. We picked this site because as we walked down, all we could hear were the sounds of song birds in the trees and I can even remember seeing rabbits running along the path.
Since then the Woolley Moor trail has been updated to make it an audio trail where as you walk round you listen to commentary by the children about facts at each point of interest.
At this particular point (number 6) you are told to listen to the sounds of the wildlife and admire the fantastic view across the woodland to the reservoir. If the site was to be turned into a gypsy and traveller site then I fear the wildlife would be frightened away and you would not be able to see the views of the natural environment discussed on the audio trail. Plus the fact that the path may even be inaccessible if the site was built on.
Currently, as a teacher at the school, we complete the trail termly and invite parents and local residents to join us as we teach the children about the local area. A few years ago an inner city primary school from Birmingham came on a trip to see the countryside and so contacted us. We invited them to join us on the Woolley Moor trail. The children were fascinated and could not believe the natural beauty. For some of them it was the first time they had ever seen green space, woodland and even animals. Some children were even asking what animals such as horses and cows were as they had never seen them before. They thought the trail was fantastic and a huge asset to the local area.
We recently invited local schools (Sharley Park Primary, Holmgate primary, Hunloke Primary, Deer Park Primary and Ashover Primary) and we did the trail together. Not only did we manage to do some pond dipping but also heard an owl above the sounds of the song birds. We also discovered badger sets in the ground as well as having a talk from a member of Ogston bird club about bats that live in the area.
The children from the schools who attended gave fantastic feedback and didn't realise how much wildlife and environmental beauty we have on our doorstep. Many have since done the trail again with members of their own families. The trail has proven so popular it is used for tourism in the area with special maps available at the start of the trail in a box outside the school. It also is featured on the hidden gems website which NEDDC promote.
If the site was to be developed into a gypsy and traveller site I fear the trail would no longer be available and would ruin a beautiful project set up by the children of the local school over 25 years ago. This would therefore affect the tourism of the area and the wonderful habitats of the creatures in the area could be ruined and lost forever.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9261

Received: 23/01/2019

Respondent: Karen Edwards

Representation:

Loss of grass area
Effect on wildlife
Close proximity to stream and reservoir
Has ecological assessment been done.

Full text:

Loss of grass area.Has an Ecological assessment been done.We have to protect these environments for the wildlife, there are few places left for wild life to inhabit which are not being used for building land or farming. this area is know to be used by badgers, hedgehogs and numerous species of birds. Human disturbance that will come with this site is bound to destroy these habits. This site has been left as a green area since the houses were demolished in the 1950s. We have allowed wildlife to take this habitat back any to be taken away again.
I have great concerns about the water course that runs behind the site being at a lower level any, pollution to the ground will a severe detrimental effect on the water quality and consequently to The reservoir which is in very close proximity to the site.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9266

Received: 25/01/2019

Respondent: Mr Julian Turner

Representation:

I notice other sites have been turned down as they are in your words "housing green space" "have footpaths and access tracks" "part of woodland" "part of green verges and trees" and "sensitive locations" - all of the above apply to this land (which in my opinion is too small once measures have been taken) on Temperance Hill.

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Having worked in the area for a number of years in the property maintenance business - both on Temperance Hill and the surrounding areas I feel that the area is completely unsuitable. The impact on the landscape would be detrimental to the rural character. How caravan's can be deemed suitable to "blend" in such a rural environment and to be mitigated by a hedge is beyond reasonable. Other planning in the area has to abide by strict planning such as the stone used, types of lighting and impact on the wildlife.

I notice other sites have been turned down as they are in your words "housing green space" "have footpaths and access tracks" "part of woodland" "part of green verges and trees" and "sensitive locations" - all of the above apply to this land (which in my opinion is too small once measures have been taken) on Temperance Hill.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9269

Received: 26/01/2019

Respondent: Mr Barry Fullwood

Representation:

A bad decision to ruin the rural hamlet of Temperance Hill which is an area of special sensitivity, history and wildlife.
A site which is too small after "mitigation" - with direct access onto a National Speed limit road?
Why is this grass land being taken away from the village and resident users?

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* the grass area is used by local children for playing and wildlife study, dog walkers, exercising, tourists & visitors etc.
* even if correct drainage is put in - there is still a chance that the stream going to the reservoir could become contaminated with waste, this goes straight into the reservoir. The north of the site becomes boggy and a drainage ditch is there (so site size would need to be reduced)
* The road is a national speed limit road and is driven as such. I am a window cleaner and often at "peak times" (6.30-9am and 4-7pm) when I am working at the cottages, the road is used as a cut through for people travelling from claycross to matlock etc and the speed that cars travel is at national speed limit - or more! Surely this is a safety problem -irrelevant of what checks have been done?.
* the impact on the landscape and the cottages would be terrible. the cottages date back to 1800's and how can caravan's be blended in with this area successfully? There are 12 cottages on Temperance Hill and 3 pitches would be a 25% increase.
* the history to the area is of special importance. The woolley moor trail (which I believe that NEDCC helped create) and well lane is still used and I remember playing on the grass, looking at wildlife (which badgers, foxes and owls, plus more still use!) and down the lane where the well is located.
* the houses - especially number 13, would need to be sufficiently protected. Number 13 relies on the windows which would directly overlook the site for light, due to the layout of the cottage. Blocking this would be totally unfair. The low boundary hedge belongs to number 13 and could not be used - making again the site smaller.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9271

Received: 27/01/2019

Respondent: Mr Graham Collins

Representation:

By the council's own admission the proposed development would have a negative effect on a landscape of Primary Significance for multiple environmental sensitivities. The road safety aspects of the proposal are questionable. For some reason the site GT/09 has been unfairly treated compared to many other proposed sites with fewer problems.

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The proposed development would seriously damage the local landscape, which was recognised as of PRIMARY SIGNIFICANCE in the Assessment of Areas of Multiple Environmental Sensitivity in 2013. The council's own assessment of the environmental impact of the development concluded: "Proposals which do not respect or enhance the local context, such as Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation, are likely to have an adverse effect on the character of this sensitive landscape." This conclusion was reached after the consideration of mitigating factors. Anyone who looks at the site in relation to the local landscape knows that it is not possible to screen off the development without the screening itself damaging the local landscape.
It also seems that the site GT/09 has been treated unfairly compared to other sites. For example, GT/10 was given a RED rating because of its AMES designation as of Primary Significance, and rejected because of this. GT/09 was only given an AMBER rating despite having the same designation. Also, In the Council's own table of sites that were assessed, there appear to be many others with FEWER NEGATIVE ratings and more POSITIVE RATINGS than GT/09 (e.g. sites GT/01 to GT/07), yet these were all rejected.
Finally, although the council's transport assessment concluded there would be no problems with the local road, it is clear to local people that there are significant risks. The proposed site, on a narrow lane, on a blind summit, directly across the road from a dairy farm with frequent access from Dairy Tankers and tractors.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9273

Received: 23/01/2019

Respondent: Babette Green

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

We are concerned about pollutants seeping into the brook which has direct unhindered access to our drinking water reservoir.

We are concerned about traffic on the road as it is narrow and quite blind as you drive up the hill.

Issues of overlooking as the neighbouring stone properties are in very close proximity.

Would the site be in keeping with the nearby properties?

We see Ospreys, badgers, foxes, buzzards, redkites, Ravens, herons, woodpeckers all around this area. It is a recognised area of Sensitivity and as such should not be disturbed.

We use the historic footpath Well Lane and this would prevent us from doing so in the future.

Concerns about business use from the site.

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I am writing this email in response to 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) and question 29 ( impact on landscape/access)

Myself and my partner live in this area and have done for the last 14 years, it has wonderful footpaths, wildlife and history in its roots. We need a car to work as there is no access to train connections at normal business hours and so we use Temperance Hill on a regular basis.
We have Ogston reservoir on our doorstep which is a SSSI site, no powered craft are allowed on the water( apart from the safety boat) when they are sailing, the fishing club are bank fishing only( fish are stocked regularly ). Both clubs help in the management of the shrubs along the shoreside.

My objections to the proposed traveller site are both from our and their point of view.

From a locals point of view

We are very concerned about pollutants seeping into the brook which has direct unhindered access to our drinking water reservoir, these pollutants may be derived from the construction or products worked on by new occupants.

We are concerned about traffic on the road as it is narrow and quite blind as you drive up the hill, may have issues with vehicles pulling out or if further cars are parked at roadside if not enough room on pitches. If hedging is planted will it be on frontage to afford occupants some privacy, will it overgrow the pavement and force walkers into the road and as such increase their danger. Every morning there are dog walkers that use this road.
Would the people in neighbouring stone houses wish to overlook a traveller site, would the traveller site be in keeping with the nearby properties- I am sure if I wanted to put a park home type dwelling in my garden or put a couple of touring caravan pitches in my garden the council would have something to say about it

We see Ospreys, badgers,foxes, buzzards,red kites,Ravens,herons,woodpeckers all around this area and the woodland below proposed site provides shelter. There is an osprey nesting site within a few hundred yards. It is a recognised area of Sensitvity and as such should not be disturbed.

We use the historic footpath Well Lane and this would prevent us from doing so in the future.

Would the travellers be carrying out business from the site as that is unfair on surrounding neighbours and the village as noise, smells and vehicular comings and goings does not allow for peace and quiet.

Even the local pub Napoleon Inn at the bottom of Temperance Hill closed due to lack of business, the village is so small and has no facilities.

From the travellers point of view

Would they want to be overlooked as the neighbouring stone properties are in very close proximity, it could take many years for an indigineous hedge to grow to a suitable height.

Is there enough space for 3 plots there, is it safe with a steep slope behind and direct access to the brook if there are young children in the families. If there is limited space due to entrance road and apron then will there be room to park vehicles or will they have to be left on the road- creating a risk of being hit due to narrowness of road.

There is a bus stop but the service is very infrequent and not convenient to be able to access a nearby town, eg Alfreton or to access a station for onward travel. They would need other forms of transport.

There are no shops, post office, doctor, dentist nearby, in fact the nearest shop ( Jet petrol station) is an hours walk along a narrow unlit road with fairly fast traffic.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9278

Received: 24/01/2019

Respondent: Lesley Coombes & David Bradley

Representation:

Summary by Officer,

Traffic and Access: the roads in this area are designed for occasional light traffic, already experiencing significant problems due to small developments in the area. Road conditions and width not designed for even small increases. Roads multiple use, this increases the threat. Poor visibility in relation to speed and light, could be exasperated.

Environment: This is an area of beauty and in close and visible proximity to a site of special scientific interest at Ogston. Many people come to the area for its wildlife. Concerns about visibly spoiling the beauty of the area and contamination to ground aquifers and wider environmental impacts on wildlife and vegetation. Concerned regarding proximity to footpaths in terms of impact of enjoyment of beauty and on walkers. Some of the footpaths are ancient. Likely to cause disturbance of privacy to any potential residents. And increase the likelyhood of noise nuisance.

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I 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 question 29 (impact on landscape and access). To lodge our objections and concerns to the proposed plan and wish this to be considered as part of your consultation.

As local residents we only found out about the proposal some 2 weeks ago and our first reaction was shock and incredulity that this site was being considered for this purpose for the following reasons:
* Traffic and access- the roads in this area are designed for occasional light traffic. We are already experiencing significant problems due to small developments in the area. This has vastly increased traffic volumes of all types(delivery drivers, trades men and visitors).The road conditions and width are just not designed for even small increases. Particularly where the roads are multiple use (With no pavements or refuges for walkers, cyclists, dog walkers, children, horse riders) and as such poses a real threat to safety of all concerned. Drivers do not slow down for narrow roads with multiple user types and road conditions are such (Width and camber) with in places poor visibility in relation to speed and light that we are deeply concerned that this will become a real problem should this development proceed. To be frank a vehicle such as flatbed truck may well cause road blockages.(This happens with just the occasional tractor!).
* The environment- This is an area of beauty and in close and visible proximity to a site of special scientific interest at Ogston. Not only for those of us who live locally and walk our dogs/enjoy views (Spectacular sunsets and sunrises and is a regular route for our dog walks) and wild life but for many people who come from outside of the area to watch the birds (Particularly at migration time when we experience the regular spectacle of geese, swans and ducks in the early morning and evening flying).It is of great concern therefore that any further use has the potential for not only visibly spoiling the beauty of the area but actually contaminates ground aquifers and causes wider environmental impacts on wildlife and vegetation(Particularly the toads/frogs- it is special to see them in the spring). We are also concerned regarding the proximity to well used footpaths in terms of impact of enjoyment of beauty but potential impacts on walkers and their dogs (And horses). Some of the footpaths are ancient and receive visitors who walk the old pack horse trails. This is likely to cause disturbance of privacy to any potential residents. And increase the likely hood of noise nuisance to all residents existing and new.
* Village infrastructure- there is little- No shops, doctors, post office and an infrequent bus service

I am disappointed by the lack of thought that has recommended this site as its location is visible far beyond its direct location (It can be clearly seen from several aspects by several miles) and therefore has a direct impact for all the above reasons on the wider local community and hamlets surrounding the site.

Please accept this as our objection to the use of this site for this purpose.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9280

Received: 23/01/2019

Respondent: Leslie Burns

Representation:

Question identified by officer.

There will be an increased safety risk due to more parked vehicles on the highway impeding lines of sight for drivers. Oncoming vehicles from the adjacent bends in this narrow road are already difficult to see when cars are parked outside the existing houses next to the site.

The harmful impact on our local landscape cannot be ignored. This would be a loss of attractive greenfield space. The site would be close to a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), namely Ogston Reservoir. It would be an urban encroachment on a historic rural area.

The adjacent rural housing would overlook the caravans and the existing residents would lose a valuable play area for children. We see this activity when we walk through the area with our dog.

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As a resident near Woolley Moor I am writing in response to the Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQ) raised in the NEDDC Local Plan Main Matter 15 in relation to the question 28 (services/facilities in village and size of site) and question 29 (impact on landscape/access).

I urge you to reject the idea of a gypsy and traveller site on Temperance Hill, Woolley Moor for the following obvious reasons:

1) There will be an increased safety risk due to more parked vehicles on the highway impeding lines of sight for drivers. Oncoming vehicles from the adjacent bends in this narrow road are already difficult to see when cars are parked outside the existing houses next to the site.

2) The small hamlet of Woolley Moor does not have sufficient services and is beyond walking distance from any main settlement. The site proposed cannot comply with Good Practice for Designing Gypsy and Traveller Sites as issued by The Department for Communities and Local Government.

3) The harmful impact on our local landscape cannot be ignored. This would be a loss of attractive greenfield space. The site would be close to a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), namely Ogston Reservoir. It would be an urban encroachment on a historic rural area.

4) The adjacent rural housing would overlook the caravans and the existing residents would lose a valuable play area for children. We see this activity when we walk through the area with our dog.

This is not a sustainable development and cannot comply with principles of planning. It would be against the wishes of the local communities. It is contrary to local planning policy which seeks to conserve such an Area of Primary Sensitivity (AMES).

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9283

Received: 23/01/2019

Respondent: Mr Richard Preece

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

Objection to site:
-Road narrow, have the planners taken into consideration of off the road parking and what type of traffic is used at this time and what is to be expected.
-Impact on the sewer system, already at capacity.
-Concern over impact on adjoining properties such as noise pollution, blot to the landscape not being of normal village construction, impact on wildlife.
-Site would deter local people from using the nearby path, thus making it a no go area.

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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 ( Services / facilities in village and size of the site) plus question 29 ( impact on landscape / access )

Please consider my objections for the planned site above.

1) For the new people and family residing and visiting, there are no local shops.
2) For the new people and family residing and visiting, it is far to travel to the shops and places of frequent use impacting on the carbon footprint.
3) For the new people and family residing and visiting may find it hard to park as the road is very narrow, have the planners taken into consideration of off the road parking and what type of traffic is used at this time and what is to be expected.
4) To use common sense the proposed site is far too small for the intended 3 Pitches in relation to point 3.
5) It is believed there will be a impact on the sewer system as it is to capacity at this moment in time.
6) Has a report been undertaken on the adverse effects to adjoining properties such as noise pollution, blot to the landscape not being of normal village construction, impact on wildlife.
7) We believe the land was given to the council to be used as a place of natural beauty, for local children young and old to play.
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Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9285

Received: 22/01/2019

Respondent: Mrs Kathryn Beckett

Representation:

Temperance Hill leads to Ogston Reservoir which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The reservoir has recorded over 200 species of birds and is home to an abundance of wildlife. Understandably the area therefore attracts many birdwatchers, tourists and hiking groups.
Despite there being a suggestion that a hedge (which would make the site even smaller) may be planted the site is visually prominent and can be overlooked by passers by or from other nearby locations.

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

For the past 35 years my husband and myself have lived at................Handley. We have raised three children here and have therefore spent many enjoyable hours walking in and around Woolley Moor.

I would like initially to refer to point 28.
The proposed site is extremely small being bordered at the rear by a steep bank leading to a brook containing fish which leads into Ogston Reservoir. To the left there are stone cottages many of which have no parking facilities and therefore have to park on the lane outside their homes.
Woolley Moor is a small village, it has no shops or post office and has a highly infrequent bus service. The nearest GP Surgery is Ashover and the nearest dentist is Clay Cross. The nearest Minor Injuries Unit are at Darley Dale or Ripley with the nearest A & E being at Calow near Chesterfield.

Point 29.
Temperance Hill leads to Ogston Reservoir which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The reservoir has recorded over 200 species of birds and is home to an abundance of wildlife. Understandably the area therefore attracts many birdwatchers, tourists and hiking groups.
Despite there being a suggestion that a hedge ( which would make the site even smaller) may be planted the site is visually prominent and can be overlooked by passers by or from other nearby locations.
I trust these comments will be taken into account and my objection to the proposal noted.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9290

Received: 24/01/2019

Respondent: Dave & Pam Sorrell

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

Objection to site.
Development would have a real effect on the highway and compromise safety, as the road is very narrow and winding.

The Woolley Moor Trail - runs across the site, and is used regularly by local school children.

It is very close to Ogston Reservoir. where there is a variety of birds ducks and geese, and wildlife. which attracts many tourists and bird watchers.
The site is very popular with dog walkers and ramblers, admiring the beautiful views.

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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.
I feel very strongly that permission for the proposed gypsy and traveller site at Woolley Moor should not be given.
I am a farmer in Handley, and own 2 plots of land Nr Handley Church, one being on Temperance Hill.This would have a real effect on the highway and compromise safety, as the road is very narrow and winding.
Woolley Moor is a beautiful village, with a primary school, which causes increased traffic at school times. It is very small, no shops, doctors, dentist, or post office.
The Woolley Moor Trail - runs across the site, and is used regularly by local school children.
It is very close to Ogston Reservoir. where there is a variety of birds ducks and geese, and wildlife. which attracts many tourists and bird watchers.
The site is very popular with dog walkers and ramblers, admiring the beautiful views.
My wife and I have lived in this beautiful area for 35 years, and strongly object to this proposal.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9293

Received: 28/01/2019

Respondent: Mrs Tracey Moore

Representation:

We would ask you to consider carefully the points above. As tourists / visitors to the area it is rare to find such an unspoilt location as this which is used by visitors to the area like ourselves and village residents.

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As previously stated on question 28, we visit the area to see family and friends from a suburb of Derby. The site is an area of sensitivity and would be sensitive to change. We use the site for parking and picnics before or after a walk and have at times found the site can get wet and boggy - especially in the north side.
The road is a national speed limit road with a blind hill to the north side and a farm entrance opposite. Cars travel at the speed limit and the farm drive is used regularly.
We often sit and enjoy the peace and quietness of the site, watching the birds from the reservoir and often see a rabbit or hare passing by in the summer evenings. Although we have never seen, badgers are very active on the grass and down the path to the water.
We have followed the audio trail around the village and this takes into account Well Lane in the north of the site and the distinctive stone cottages adjacent to the site. All of which are a big part of the history of this small hamlet.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9295

Received: 22/01/2019

Respondent: Ann Wallhead

Representation:

Summary by officer.

The road system around the village is made up of narrow country lanes and safety would be compromised by even more traffic using the system.

The site would be opposite a busy farm entrance, tractors, trailers and milk tankers would be regularly up and down Temperance Hill, again further road traffic would cause congestion problems.

There is still a large badger population in this area, when planning is being considered for anything I am very aware that the Wildlife Trust are against any disturbances to the local wildlife and I fear that the addition lights and noise etc. would cause this. This piece of land is also regularly used by the local Primary School.

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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( services/ facilities in village and size of site) and question 29( impact on landscape/access) I would like to strongly object to the council considering a traveller site in the sleepy village of Woolley Moor. I have lived in this area, Fallgate which is less than a mile from Woolley Moor, all my life and am very familiar with the area.
Firstly, other than the village school there are no facilities within the village, no post office, shop, doctors and the bus services are very limited.The road system around the village is made up of narrow country lanes and safety would be compromised by even more traffic using the system.
Secondly, the site would be opposite a busy farm entrance, tractors, trailers and milk tankers would be regularly up and down Temperance Hill, again further road traffic would cause congestion problems.
When at Primary School, I used to go badger watching locally, there is still a large badger population in this area, when planning is being considered for anything I am very aware that the Wildlife Trust are against any disturbances to the local wildlife and I fear that the addition lights and noise etc. would cause this. This piece of land is also regularly used by the local Primary School.
I submit my objection with the hope that this site will be deemed unsuitable and rejected.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9297

Received: 23/01/2019

Respondent: Mrs Caroline Wakefield

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

Objection to site due to problems of sewerage disposal and litter, especially since this new proposal is rather close to the Ogston Reservoir. Whenever the water level is low one can see a line of litter and detritus along the water's edge which wild animals and birds can pick up. Litter is not only confined to the reservoir for general household refuse in the countryside round us is common. My fear is that a gypsy and traveller site in the area, without very good facilities and proper management would exacerbate the problem even further.

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With regard to the above, my concern is that a completely new settlement in a place where a planning application would not normally be permitted out in the open countryside away from other dwellings raises the problems of sewerage disposal and litter, especially since this new proposal is rather close to the Ogston Reservoir. I live locally and I notice that whenever the water level is low one can see a line of litter and detritus along the water's edge which wild animas and birds can pick up. Litter is not only confined to the reservoir for general household refuse in the countryside round us is common. My fear is that a gypsy and traveller site in the area, without very good facilities and proper management would exacerbate the problem even further.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9299

Received: 15/01/2019

Respondent: Dr Brian Morris

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

Agricultural environment; 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.

Concerns of damaging outflow draining via the boundary stream into Ogston reservoir.
There is currently no mains water on this site and access would require the agreement of local landowners.

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.

The water level in the boundary stream rises significantly following heavy rain.
More large vehicles would bring a worsening in air pollution locally.
Possible increased noise pollution is a concern. The site is far too close to current homes to be viable.

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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: 9300

Received: 24/01/2019

Respondent: Neville and Eleanor Taylor

Representation:

Summary to Officer.

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.

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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: 9305

Received: 25/01/2019

Respondent: Ms. Justine Wieteska

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

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

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

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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: 9306

Received: 21/01/2019

Respondent: Mr Jon Doar

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

Objection to site:
1. Access and surrounding roads; roads surrounding the proposed site are narrow and heavily used by regular farm vehicles, horse riders and holiday caravans. Site and additional traffic could cause potential safety issues.
2. The proposed location of the site is very much part of the surroundings and in keeping with their rural character. Concern over impact of site on wildlife and environment.
3. Provision of services: Services are usually at the limit of capacity. Where available, drains and fresh water supplies are barely of sufficient capacity to meet existing demand. Very careful consideration must be given to any nearby water sources / wells / bore holes
4. Given the possible impact on the area, more time and more readily accessible information is essential to the process.

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With regards to the above consultation, and as a local resident, my initial view is to strongly oppose the use of the proposed site.
Unfortunately I was unable to attend the public meeting on the 19th Jan. Where will the minutes of that meeting be posted?

My main objections at this time are:

1: Access and surrounding roads. The roads surrounding the proposed site are narrow and very narrow. They are already heavily used by regular farm vehicles, horse riders and holiday caravans. To add any significant regular traffic on these roads would most likely bring with it highly elevated risk of accident. These narrow lanes are already subject to high risk due to the mix of traffic. High-speed motorbikes, large, slow moving farm and commercial vehicles as well as horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles.

2: The proposed location of the site is very much part of the surroundings and in keeping with their rural character. The environment is one in which each part makes a significant contribution. Birds that roost in surrounding wooded areas rely on adjacent open space for feeding.
Eco-systems depend on diversity of habitat and irrespective of if certain species physically 'live' on the site in question, there is no doubt that surrounding populations depend on it.

3: Provision of services: In this very rural area, all services are usually at the limit of capacity. Where available, drains and fresh water supplies are barely of sufficient capacity to meet existing demand. Very careful consideration must be given to any nearby water sources / wells / bore holes which could be impacted by development of this site.

4: Looking through the masses of online planning information regarding this possible project and the larger issue of provision for site for gypsies and travellers, it is very difficult to see a simple comparison on a like-for-like basis of the sites under consideration. The management and operation of traveller sites has a big effect on their impact on the surroundings. There are are many factors that I was not able to research effectively using online information. Given the possible impact on the area, more time and more readily accessible information is essential to the process.

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9309

Received: 24/01/2019

Respondent: Melanie & Richard Green

Representation:

The potential area is in close proximity to Ogston Reservoir. This area attracts many tourists.
This area has an historical importance and a nature trail running through the site, children from local schools visit to look at the local wildlife.
There isn't any local amenities in the surrounding area. No shops etc. The highway is down to only one vehicle in many of the local roads to and from Temperance Hill.
There aren't any street lights and locals have to use torches in the winter whilst out walking and due care and attention has to be considered when walking in the surrounding lanes where the locals walk their dogs and ride their horses.
Everyone's safety has to be taken into account.
This would also have an adverse effect on the views around Woolley moor and Ogston.

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I am writing in response to the potential site that is being considered at Woolley Moor, that has been raised in the local plan.

The reasons that I object to this are
The potential area is in close proximity to Ogston Reservoir. This area attracts many tourists..
This area has an historical importance and a nature trail running through the site, children from local schools visit to look at the local wildlife..
There isn't any local amenities in the surrounding area. No shops etc. The highway is down to only one vehicle in many of the local roads to and from Temperance Hill.
There aren't any street lights and locals have to use torches in the winter whilst out walking and due care and attention has to be considered when walking in the surrounding lanes where the locals walk their dogs and ride their horses.
Everyone's safety has to be taken into account.
This would also have an adverse effect on the views around Woolley moor and Ogston..

Object

Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers

Representation ID: 9310

Received: 25/01/2019

Respondent: Ms Eileen Nuttall

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

The site is in a beautiful area and clearly visible, it is close to Ogston reservoir (SSSI), which attracts wildlife and is a well known tourist attraction.

The site is in daily use by walkers and visitors enjoying the views.

The Woolley Moor Trail, a historical and nature trail, runs across the site and is regularly used.

Well Lane footpath, the old well and an old packhorse trail are of historical importance.

The site is close to neighbouring houses, concern over privacy. Screening by hedging create an eyesore.

Concern over impacts on road safety of Temperance Hill. 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.

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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: 9313

Received: 24/01/2019

Respondent: Ms Claire Archibald

Representation:

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.

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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: 9318

Received: 21/01/2019

Respondent: Mrs Jane Hardwick

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

Site 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.

The site is very close to Ogston Reservoir which is very well used. Visual harm, noise and light pollution would be caused to these facilities, impacting the tourist industry affecting holiday lets and use of pubs in the wider area. Pollution from the site may get into the water course and into Ogston Reservoir.

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.

Full text:

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: 9320

Received: 24/01/2019

Respondent: Stephen & Lindsey Johnson

Representation:

Summary by Officer.

Pavements and street lighting are in short supply and especially in winter the roads can be dangerous with hidden bends. 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. Concern over loss of this, and safety reasons.

Potential impact on wildlife, especially owls. The tree line that runs down the back of the site is makes up part of the territory of pair of Tawny Owls. Light pollution and urbanisation are of a concern, as development would add to light and noise pollution. It is also a concern to think that a established territory would be under threat.

Full text:

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: 9323

Received: 20/01/2019

Respondent: Mr Andrew Marsh

Representation:

Summary by Officers.

Concerned over potential run off from the site, particularly as there is a stream adjacent to the site which runs directly in Ogston Reservoir (SSSI), and used for drinking water. Sewage and surface water would need to be plumbed to main utilities.

Previous dwellings on site demolished due to concerns about contamination, reference to relevant water authority required.

Use of site would have an adverse impact on the landscape and character. The proposal isn't in keeping with the local environment. Development would harm public views over the landscape (footpaths and an audio trail nearby). Hedges wouldn't overcome these issues. Concern over impact on biodiversity.

Safety concerns over road, Temperance Hill is a narrow lane with junctions at each end. Both junctions have reduced visibility.

Full text:

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.