14th Nov, 2019

Travellers put in retrospective application for Redditch Road site

Ross Crawford 21st Jun, 2019

A RETROSPECTIVE planning application has been submitted to Stratford District Council after travellers moved into a field just over the border from Redditch in Warwickshire.

The travellers are understood to have arrived at the Redditch Road site near Studley on Saturday evening two weeks ago.

More vehicles and caravans arrived the following day.

It is believed the field in question is owned by the traveller community.

An entrance has been laid, fencing erected and a gate complete with a name – Oaklands – and letterbox put up.

A Studley Parish Council meeting on Tuesday night, which was packed out with residents, heard that a planning enforcement officer had been out to visit the site.

Stratford District Council has also confirmed that a retrospective planning application has been put in, and this will now go through the normal planning process.

It is believed the travellers arrived at the Redditch Road site on or around June 8 and hard core laid to make a driveway.

A high fence has been erected to prevent people seeing but locals say at least five caravans are there and a large generator has been installed.

The site is 100 yards away from a group of new houses at the junction of Green Lane and Redditch Road and is close to the proposed new ‘Studley Gate’ development on the Worcestershire side of the border.

Developers Westpoint have Tralready sent a representative to look at the proximity of the site to where they are due to start building.

The local Neighbourhood Watch Group has also put out an alert.

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