PLANS for a gypsy and traveller site serving a single family have brought highways concerns.

Carlisle City Council has received a retrospective planning application for a gypsy and traveller site on land near an existing caravan park.

The application seeks to change use of land for residential purpose at Deerview adjacent to Ghyll Bank Caravan.

If approved, the proposal would see the site host one static caravan, one touring caravan, one dayroom, storage shed, hard standing area and a boundary wall. A septic tank would also be installed to serve the single-family gypsy and traveller site.

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The application is retrospective for the hard standing, boundary wall and septic tank.

Rockcliffe Parish Council has submitted an objection to the application.

They said: “This is a retrospective planning application for a development that has partly been built on land that is not designated for that purpose.

"There is already a provision for Travellers accommodation on the adjacent site and several sites around Carlisle and therefore we don't see a proven need to effectively spill out onto a Green Field Site in a very haphazard and irregular manner.”

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The parish council said to approve the application, when part of it has been constructed already “would create a dangerous precedent.”

“What is there to stop anyone building such a development in any field they like and then apply for retrospective planning permission? The proposal is very visible from the road with no attempt to provide screening.”

A previous application for seven pitches was refused in 2008.

Cumbria County Council as lead highways authority has raised no objection in principle but raised some concerns.

They said: “Our records show there has been within the last five years a collision adjacent to the site.

"I have no objection in principle however, no visibility splays have been provided, the Design and Access Statement states 75m x 2m, for a 60mph speed road we would expect to see 215m in both direction and back by 2.4m to the nearside edge, and at a height of 1.05m above the carriageway.”

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