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Agenda 17th December 2018

Response to a question raised concerning the Gypsy/Traveller encampment ar Birdham Farm

QUESTION

I am a Birdham resident, living in XXXXXXXX Like many residents I am concerned about where we are with the illegal traveller camp which occupies a field on the edge of our village.

We do not seem to be being kept up to date on any current situation. As far as most residents are concerned we all held the belief and hope that the site would be closed down in August. There have been long, drawn out and expensive legal actions taking place over the last few years. It was our understanding that a legal decision had been made and in early August this year was the deadline for the camp to be closed down.

Imagine our frustration and disappointment that the travellers have just ignored this ruling and as far as we can see nothing is being done.

Ordinary, law abiding people are being ignored. We abide by the rules, we pay our taxes and we apply for permission when needed. You must be able to understand our frustration and anger when people in a position of responsibility are not defunding our rights nor upholding the law.

Now I hope that there are positive things happening in the background but my message to all of you is, please support the local people and please keep us updated.

What is the current situation?

Why have the travellers not been made to move on?

Why is the council supporting the site by collecting their rubbish?

Are they paying any money towards council amenities?

Why have they been allowed to access the amenities network? (Water, electricity etc,)

Why are you not keeping local residents informed?

RESPONSE

I refer to your email of earlier today and write in response to your questions.

Taking each matter in turn, in cases of wider public interest it is difficult to identify a collective means of keeping all interested parties updated about the progression of the enforcement process. As a general rule, persons who have specifically written to the authority to express their concern are recorded in our system and will receive updates at key stages. In this case, it is probably timely that an update is issued in light of the continued occupation of the land. I have therefore included Birdham Parish Council in this response. Anyone else with a stated interest will also be provided with an update in due course.

It is correct that following the appeal decision, issued in August 2017, that the use of the land as a caravan site should have been discontinued on or before 2 August 2018 with the operational development, including the track, required to be removed in November this year. Instead, the occupiers have decided to remain on the land. Leading up to the compliance date of 2 August 2018, the occupiers of the land were issued with warning letters to remind them of the need to comply. Officers have also sought to obtain information about the occupiers and any special circumstances that they wish this authority to take into account as part of its decision making. These actions/steps are necessary to demonstrate that the authority is adhering to its legal duty to consider Human Rights and the best interests of any child living on the land.

The current situation

The Authority is seeking legal advice regarding the use of an Injunction(s) to secure compliance with the requirements of the Enforcement Notices.

Why have the travellers not been made to move on?

As stated above, the authority is required to demonstrate that it has discharged its legal duties. In this case, having regard to the nature and scale of the development, it is considered that the appropriate course of action is to secure an Injunction to require the occupiers to vacate the land.

Why is the Council collecting rubbish from the site?

It is best practice to collect refuse from an encampment rather than enforce, and cover the cost of, any potential unauthorised waste disposal.

Are they paying for any amenities?

Yes

Access to services

Water and electric providers are obliged to provide a connection to 'domestic' customers. Such companies operate separately from local authorities and so the Council does not hold information about this.

In addition to the above, I can advise that development that has taken place around the site is also the subject of on-gong enforcement action which is separate from that described above.

I trust that you find these comments of assistance but if you have any further questions please do contact me again.

Yours Sincerely

Enforcement Manager

Agenda for the Parish Council Meeting to be held on the 19th November 2018

Agenda 19th November 2018

Planning Matters for the 31st October 2018

The following planning decisions have just been received. Please note there are no planning applications this week. Any representations must be made to CDC by the 21st November 2018.

DELEGATED DECISIONS

BI/18/01280/FUL Mr O Walters Hundredsteddle Farm, Unit 1  Hundredsteddle Lane Birdham PO20 7BL  

Continuation of use of building for the repair of cars. PERMIT

https://publicaccess.chichester.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=P8XC6ZERLTL00

BI/18/01651/FUL See below Birdham Pool Marina The Causeway Birdham West Sussex  

The installation of infrastructure and associated engineering works to accommodate 9 houseboats to be used as holiday homes only, including the erection of a raised walkway, moorings and associated car parking. REFUSE

https://publicaccess.chichester.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PB12JSERFLC00

BI/18/02286/TPA Mr S Apted Pict Fenn  Court Barn Road Birdham PO20 7BQ  

Fell 6 no. Holm Oak trees (quoted as T2-T5, T7 and T8, TPO'd no. T12-T15, T17 and T19) subject to BI/01/00040/TPO. PERMIT

https://publicaccess.chichester.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PEKM5KERJ9T00

Planning Matters for the 24th October 2018

DELEGATED DECISIONS

 BI/18/02049/ADV Birdham Pool The Causeway Birdham

1 no. non-illuminated freestanding entrance sign. PERMIT

BI/18/02130/FUL Ms Cindy Hughes Plot 13 Land South West Of Premier Business Park  Birdham Road Appledram West Sussex 

Resubmission of BI/17/01383/FUL for the retrospective change of use of the land for a single pitch for Gypsy occupation comprising touring caravan, hard standing and provision of static mobile home with facilitating development (hard standing, fencing,  oil tank, cess tank). REFUSE

BI/18/02204/ELD Paul Knappett Kellys Farm  Bell Lane Birdham PO20 7HY  

Erection of a building and use as a dwelling house REFUSE

BI/18/02217/FUL Mr David Segel Chaffinches Farm  Main Road Birdham PO20 7BY  

Erection of a domestic storage barn forming an extension to an existing barn. PERMIT

Planning Matters for the 3rd October 2018

The following planning applications and delegated decisions have just been received. Representations, if any, should be lodged with CDC by the 24th October 2018.

APPLICATIONS

BI/18/02031/FUL - Mr Pete Bradshaw Houseboat Moored Hen Chichester Marina Birdham Chichester

Replacement house boat.

https://publicaccess.chichester.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PD3HQ2ER0PD00  

DELEGATED DECISIONS

BI/18/01163/LBC Mr & Mrs Wright Fir Trees Shipton Green Lane West Itchenor

Repair and restoration works. PERMIT

https://publicaccess.chichester.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=P8EJG9ER0XV00

BI/18/01444/DOM Mr & Mrs Chowienczyk The Red House Lock Lane Birdham

Change use of loft space to habitable accommodation, roof extension to include dormer and 2 no. rooflights, replacement rear windows and doors on ground and first floors. Alterations to the outbuilding. PERMIT

https://publicaccess.chichester.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=P9XY5XERMGO00

BI/18/01445/LBC Mr & Mrs Chowienczyk The Red House Lock Lane Birdham

Change use of loft space to habitable accommodation, roof extension to include dormer and 2 no. rooflights, replacement rear windows and doors on ground and first floors. Alterations to the outbuilding. PERMIT

https://publicaccess.chichester.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=P9XY66ERMGP00

Agenda for the Parish Council meeting to be held on the 17th September 2018

Agenda 17th September 2018

Planning Matters 7th September 2018

PLANNING APPLICATIONS

BI/18/02130/FUL Plot 13 Land South West Of Premier Business Park Birdham Road Appledram West Sussex

Resubmission of BI/17/01383/FUL submitted 30.5.2017 and refused 03.10.2017 for a change of use of the land for a single pitch for Gypsy occupation comprising touring caravan, hard standing and provision of static mobile home with facilitating development (hard standing, fencing, oil tank, cess tank)-(retrospective).

Planning Matters 8th August 2018

The following delegated decisions have just been received. There are no applications. Any representations should be received by the District Council within 21 days of this notification. (29/8/18).

Delegated Decisions

BI/18/01100/DOM Mr Tom Matthews Farne House  Court Barn Road Birdham PO20 7BQ  

Proposed two storey extensions and alterations. PERMIT

https://publicaccess.chichester.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=P7UL08ERL1600

 

BI/18/01390/FUL Mr & Mrs White Herons  Westlands Estate Birdham PO20 7HJ  

Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of a single storey flat roof dwelling with attached double garage. PERMIT

https://publicaccess.chichester.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=P9NF2SERM9C00

 

BI/18/01448/DOM Mrs Joanna Massey Hawkesbury Cottage  Alandale Road Birdham PO20 7QN  

Demolition of existing extension and erection of 1 and 1.5 storey extension. WITHDRAWN

https://publicaccess.chichester.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=P9Y780ERMH800

Agenda for the Parish Council Meeting of the 16th July 2018

Agenda 16th July 2018

Proposed Budget and Precept for 2019/20

Prposed Budget and Precept 2019-20

Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting of the 19th November2018

Minutes of the Council 19th November 2018

Planning Matters 5th Deceember 2018

APPLICATIONS BI/18/03106/DOM  Tascor 5 Springfield Close Birdham Chichester Replace conservatory with single storey extension. https://publicaccess.chichester.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PIN268ER0XW00 BI/18/03150/DOM - Orchard Cottage  Church Lane Birdham Two storey rear extension, to supersede previously permitted single storey rear extension Application Ref: 16/01269/DOM. Application also includes changes to the external appearance of the property as well as changes to the appearance of the previously permitted garage doors on Application...

Response to a question raised concerning the Gypsy/Traveller encampment ar Birdham Farm

QUESTION I am a Birdham resident, living in XXXXXXXX Like many residents I am concerned about where we are with the illegal traveller camp which occupies a field on the edge of our village. We do not seem to be being kept up to date on any current situation. As far as most residents are concerned we all held the belief...

Planning Matters for the 31st October 2018

The following planning decisions have just been received. Please note there are no planning applications this week. Any representations must be made to CDC by the 21st November 2018. DELEGATED DECISIONS BI/18/01280/FUL Mr O Walters Hundredsteddle Farm, Unit 1  Hundredsteddle Lane Birdham PO20 7BL   Continuation of use of building for the repair of cars. PERMIT https://publicaccess.chichester.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=P8XC6ZERLTL00 BI/18/01651/FUL See below Birdham Pool Marina The...

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