Bid to stop site plan

PUBLISHED: 08:29 13 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:00 22 October 2010

A Norfolk town may escape becoming home to a permanent travellers' camp after a report into the site was delayed.n

A Norfolk town may escape becoming home to a permanent travellers' camp after a report into the site was delayed.

Proposals to create the camp on the former Whitwell Station site on the outskirts of Reepham prompted a backlash from residents following concerns it would damage the area and overburden services.

But Broadland District Council may be in trouble after it delayed discussing a report on the needs of local travellers, believed to include proposals for the permanent camp at Reepham.

The setback will delay the plans' approval for a couple of months, and with the land due to go on sale in July there is the possibility it could be sold to another party.

Reepham Town Council is already preparing to seize the opportunity and at a meeting next Wednesday will discuss leading a community bid to buy the Norfolk County Council-owned site and create a youth hostel for people using Marriott's Way.

Hugh Ivins lives next to the site at Whitwell Hall. He said that residents were preparing a petition to present to Broadland ahead of the meeting discussing the report, but hoped the delays might allow the site to be saved.

Offers on the land will be accepted for about six weeks from the day it is put on the market and will then go on to the county council, which will consider the most appropriate use for the site.

Angi Doy, council spokesman, said the report had been delayed for new information from the Government and a survey by the Traveller Liaison Group.

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