Claim mortgages being refused in developments with gypsy and traveller sites

Will this affect Cranbrook?

“The Council of Mortgage Lenders are REFUSING to grant mortgages to prospective house buyers if a new housing development includes gypsy and traveller pitches, it has been claimed.

The shock allegation was made at Tuesday’s Teignbridge District Council planning meeting when councillors were discussing creating additional pitches at a site in Teigngrace.

The pitches were due to be delivered as part of the strategic allocations at South West Exeter where nearly 2,000 new homes are to be built.

But Rosalyn Eastman, Business Manager for Strategic Place, said that gypsy and traveller pitches were required to be delivered off-site as the Council of Mortgage Lenders had told them they won’t provide mortgages to homes which have gypsy and travellers pitches within their allocation boundary. …”

A way of dealing with travellers in Cranbrook?

“Harlow Borough Council and Essex County Council have secured a three-year extension to an injunction which bans Travellers from setting up unauthorised encampments across Harlow.

The injunction will now apply until midnight on 14 June 2020. It had been due to expire on 16 June 2017.

The councils said that they had, in seeking an extension, also applied to add five named persons to the injunction order and one piece of private land, previously not included.

The injunction bans 40 named persons from setting up unauthorised encampments on any land in Harlow. It also protects 322 vulnerable sites across Harlow including parks and playgrounds, business areas, highway verges, schools, cycle tracks, previously occupied sites and some private land from person’s unknown setting up unauthorised encampments.

The two local authorities originally applied for an interim injunction in March 2015, after Harlow experienced 109 different unauthorised encampments for nearly 18 months.

In December 2015 a full injunction was granted by the High Court for 18 months.

The injunction was seen as a ground-breaking move at the time as an injunction excluding named persons from an entire district had never been applied for before. …”

More travellers arrive in Cranbrook

“Residents in Cranbrook have hit out after more travellers arrived overnight near the town’s train station.

The number of caravans parked at the station car park are reported to have been increasing in recent weeks with three more vehicles pitching up on a grass area next to the car park on Wednesday evening.

Local resident Caroline Williams said that locals are ‘fed up’ by the situation. “Devon County Council and Cranbrook Consortium have to rid this peaceful town of travellers who turn up cause havoc,” she said.

“When they finally get moved on the mess and filth is there for weeks and then just when it gets cleared another group turns up.

“Everyone has complained and nothing seems to be being done other than the travellers being provided with mobile toilets. We have asked for better security around the train station as it is now seen as an easy target but no one seem willing to help. It’s beyond a joke.

“People no longer use the park and ride and many more now taken then bus to avoid the area – something needs to be done. Residence (sic) here love Cranbrook and are building a community that is being ruined and seemingly forgotten about.”

A spokesman for Cranbrook Town Council said the it is hoped that the travellers will be moved on by the end of Thursday.

“This morning (Thursday) we received confirmation from the Consortium, who own the Country Park, that they have arranged for the eviction of travellers on the Consortium land and hopefully eviction will happen today,” said the spokesman.

“They are also contacting Devon County Council on an hourly basis regarding their enforcement action on the station car park, which is owned by Devon County Council.

“We understand that no repair works to anything will take place until the travellers have departed. We fully understand how frustrating this situation is and empathise with residents’ feelings. We keep doing everything we can to keep the pressure up so that those who are responsible for resolving this unsatisfactory situation initiate action.”

Sally Woodbury, chairman of the Romany Gypsy Advisory Group and spokesman for travellers groups in the region, has called on councils across the region to provide more provision for them.

A new government policy blocks anyone identifying as a Gypsy or Traveller from staying on permanent caravan sites unless they can prove they have travelled several times that year.

She said: “There is definitely a real lack of sites for travellers and transport provision in Devon. I have been speaking on behalf of travellers for several years now and the issues are getting worse and there are less and less places for them to go.

“It is all very well people saying that we don’t want travellers here, but then there needs to be a provision for somewhere for them to go instead. Most travellers I speak to would be happy if there were sites for somewhere for them to go and pay rent, have toilet and rubbish collections facilities, and stay there for a while before then moving onto the next site. But until there are enough sites put in place for this to happen, everyone’s hands are tied and the occupation of sites will keep happening each year.

“There needs to be more provision for travellers as we are just going around in circles year after year, and it feels like it is getting worse.”

Travellers take over Cranbrook railway car park

Cranbrook Town Council Facebook site:

We have received a number of reports tonight about the arrival of travellers in the Cranbrook train station car park. We are aware of their arrival and the relevant partners have been informed. Thank you to all who have contacted us.

Julie Bellham What have the relevant partners said they will do?

Kym Davies I have also reported to the police as they were being very sexual towards my daughter and have been witnesses stealing bikes from people’s gardens

Julie Bellham There are quite a few on bikes!

[Cranbrook has been chosen for a new gypsy and traveller site]

Sites at Clyst St Mary and Hawkchurch put forward by landowners for Gypsies and Travellers

No declamatory press release was put out about this bit of information, on an EDDC link last updated on 13 January 2016:

Consultation on the following documents was carried out between 6 November and 5 pm on 4 January 2016.

Call for sites – landowners are invited to submit land which they feel is suitable for Gypsy and Traveller use using this Gypsy and Traveller site assessment form.
“Methodology for Site Assessment which will be used to assess the suitability of sites submitted in response to the call for sites.
Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment Scoping Report, which is set out in the form of a letter asking what should be considered in the SA/SEA of the Gypsy and Traveller Plan.
The Call for Sites generated some interest and the following sites were submitted for consideration:”

Call for Sites Pro forma 1 (Hawkchurch – Hawkwell Mobile Home Park, 3 acres)

Call for Sites Pro forma 2 (3 Greendale Lane (part) Clyst St Mary, one-third of its 2 acres)

as linked to:

Gypsies? Not in our backyard says Cranbrook – send ’em to Ottery!

” …The development around Cranbrook is placing considerable pressure on surrounding villages and it is felt that these villages should not be the location for any new sites.

“We note that commentary on and around the plan process seems to assume that a new traveller site will be at or near Cranbrook. We feel that this commentary is prejudicial to an objective assessment.”

Mr Randle [Cranbrook Town Clerk] suggested further exploration of the current showmen stopping site at Clyst St Mary and land at Daisymount near to the M5 corridor.”