Council expected to reject Valley Road traveller site plan

Valley Road,  Morley. (d624d421)
Valley Road, Morley. (d624d421)
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Plans to create a travellers site next to Morley Station are expected to be rejected this week.

Controversial proposals for a 35-pitch space on Valley Road that would be used by the traveller community were submitted earlier this year but received fierce opposition, with a total of around 1,500 objections being put forward by residents after a public meeting at the town hall in May.

Concerns about the cost and suitability for the site are believed to be contributing factors to the decision, which will be made by the council before Friday. The land, which used to accommodate a distribution centre and an oil refinery, has been described as “potentially contaminiated”. The site would also have been situated just two miles from an existing travellers’ encampment at Cottingley Springs.

Coun Neil Dawson (Labour) said: “I am pleased that the council have thrown out this application for a traveller site next Morley Railway Station. It was submitted without any prior consultation and has been turned down for sound planning reasons. The proposed caravan park would have been located in an area with poor highway access, near a busy mainline railway and which has potentially contaminated land.”

Coun Robert Finnigan (MBI, Morley North) said: “There are a number of family sites for travellers spread around Morley which do not pose a problem but Valley Road is completely the wrong place for a new site. We accept the presence of travellers in Morley but they need to be integrated into the community.”

Keep checking our website for the announcement.