Traveller family could be made homeless unless controversial village site is approved
PUBLISHED: 13:38 24 February 2019 | UPDATED: 10:10 25 February 2019
A mum-of-four who wants to turn part of a village meadow into a traveller site for her family has been met with fierce opposition.
Naomi Todd is seeking retrospective change of use permission to turn land she owns next to Wreningham Village Hall into a private traveller site for one family.
Her plans would see two touring caravans and one mobile home moved onto the site, and an existing stable converted for use as a dayroom.
Despite being recommended for approval by South Norfolk Council’s planning officers, more than 100 people have written to object to her proposals.
A statement within Ms Todd’s planning application claims her family has “no realistic prospect” of accessing suitable accommodation other than through the proposed site.
It says: “Ms Todd has previously tried to solve her accommodation problems by accessing social housing, but found that because of prejudice and discrimination from neighbours, and a radical change from the travelling lifestyle she is used to, bricks and mortar accommodation is not suitable or appropriate to her needs.
“Having grown up on traveller sites, the applicant seeks to bring her children up on a small, private family site.”
The statement goes on to say if the application is refused, Ms Todd and her family “will face homelessness, potentially involving repeated roadside evictions”.
Along with the caravans, the proposals would see the creation of a children’s play area and a sewage treatment unit.
According to a report that will go before South Norfolk’s planning committee on February 27, Ms Todd has been living at the site since July 2018.
In August last year 116 people filled Wreningham Village Hall to voice their concerns about the site on Mill Lane.
Wreningham Parish Council has claimed the plans are an attempt to “regularise unauthorised development” on the site, adding it is outside the village’s development boundary.
Norfolk County Council’s highways authority has also raised concerns about the stationing of two touring caravans on the site.
A total of 102 comments objecting to the plans have been submitted to South Norfolk Council.