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Proposed Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites 2016

Proposed Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites 2016 - Part 2: Sites

A55: The Orchard, Puttenham Heath Road

POLICY A55: The Orchard, Puttenham Heath Road, Puttenham


The site is allocated for 2 Traveller pitches (sui generis)


  • The pitches are private tenure
  • The site is removed from the Green Belt to ensure delivery. The personal circumstances of the current occupiers, as per the appeal decision below, require the occupant to be within a reasonable distance of a specialist school (as this site is). In the future, a dependant is likely to need to remain with the family. For this reason:
    • Whilst the current family named in appeal decision (APP/Y3615/C/11/2151031) reside at this site as one household on one pitch, the second pitch to be provided is for future provision for a dependant if needed and is not to be occupied by non-related Travellers, and a planning condition to this effect should be imposed
  • Ancillary buildings must be proportionate in size to the mobile homes and caravans and should be no more than one storey in height
  • Bricks and mortar housing, or any buildings capable of being converted to bricks and mortar housing, are not appropriate and will be resisted on this site
  • Any application at this site will require sensitive design, siting and form of development, given the location outside of the village
  • The Council will seek to maintain defensible site boundaries sensitive to the countryside setting, whilst not enclosing the site with hard landscaping, high walls or fences, to an extent that suggests deliberate isolation from the community


  • Traveller sites can often be visually hard landscaped environments, and any attempts to provide soft landscaping would be beneficial




Outside of a village


The Pilgrims



Area (size)

0.17 ha

Existing use

Temporary Traveller accommodation (one pitch)

(sui generis) and private residential garden

LAA reference

Site 2118

Key considerations

  • Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Landscaping
  • Boundary treatment

A55 The Orchard, Puttenham Heath Road, Puttenham

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