Planning proposal for gypsy caravan site in Bovingdon is refused

Bovingdon Parish Council meeting discussing plan for gypsy site attracts a big turnout, September 2, 2013
Bovingdon Parish Council meeting discussing plan for gypsy site attracts a big turnout, September 2, 2013

A planning application to transform land next to Bovingdon’s Bobsleigh Hotel into a gypsy site for eight families has been unanimously rejected by Dacorum Borough Council.

Representatives from Bovingdon Action Group and other residents filled the Council Chambers to hear the long-awaited verdict last night.

Bovingdon Parish Council chairman Glen Povey was among several speakers who argued against the plans on the grounds that the site is Green Belt land and that the caravan site would have an adverse impact on biodiversity.

It was also argued by several councillors on the planning committee that, should the application be approved, it would contradict terms set out in the council’s Core Strategy for development, which was formally adopted during a full council meeting the night before.

Councillor for Aldbury and Wigginton Rosemarie Hollinghurst said during the meeting: “If someone had come forward with an application for a house on this site, would we even have considered it?

“I am not quite sure why this application has gone as far as it has actually got.”

Although the application was refused councillors said they may have to reconsider the planning application if a technicality regarding the site’s ownership is amended in one of the documents.