Gypsy site proposal so travellers can settle down in village is before planners again


A planning application for a gypsy settlement in Bovingdon has been submitted for the third time.

The Cash family want to set up home on land to the west of the Bobsleigh Hotel off Hempstead Road. The proposed site would be used by eight families, each with up to two caravans, and a number of utility buildings.

Planning documents reveal that the families want to settle in one place so that its youngest members can access schools and the older relatives can retire.

A letter submitted to Dacorum Borough Council with the planning documents from Chartered town planners and development consultants Philip Brown Associates said: “It is quite clear that most of the families involved are vulnerable for reasons of their age or health, and all are in need of a settled base in order to provide access to specialist healthcare, access to schooling and respite from roadside travelling.”

Two previous planning applications to pitch caravans on the site have been refused by the council on the grounds that it would be inappropriate development on the Green Belt and that it goes against the Dacorum Core Strategy along with local and national planning frameworks.