Planning application saga surrounding local Traveller site takes new twist

North Mains Croft, Logie,

A planning saga involving an Angus Travellers’ site has taken another twist with a new application being lodged.

Angus Council threatened enforcement action after discovering work on a site near Kirriemuir had started without planning permission in July last year.

A retrospective planning application to allow a chalet and two touring caravans on the site 125 metres west of North Mains Croft in Logie was refused by the local authority in January.

The plans also included an amenity block, a boundary wall and car parking.

The decision was appealed and permission for the development was granted by the council’s development management review committee in August, apparently bringing the matter to an end.

However, just four months later, a fresh application to modify the development has been lodged by site owner John Townsley.

In the time the planning matter has been considered, his daughter has married and now wants to live permanently on the site with her husband.

The new application is for permission for a chalet and touring caravan as well as an amenity block and fencing.

Mr Townsley’s agent Alan Seath said: “In the length of time it took for the Townsley family to get the planning permission, Mr Townsley’s daughter got married. I know the fears before were that this was an encampment that could get larger but it is, purely and simply, for the extended family.

“Effectively, there’s just one more person on the site — the daughter’s husband. The pitch would be formed to take her and her husband in the principal caravan, with space for the touring caravan allowing for travelling.

“The quality of the land is not prime land and the application is in accordance with the policy related to Gypsy Travellers.”