Travellers’ planning bid refused

TWO travellers sites on Greenbelt land in Underwood and Westwood were refused planning permission at a meeting last week.

Travellers set up home off Alfreton Road in Underwood and Main Road in Westwood without planning permission last October and councillors and residents have been campaigning to move them on ever since.

Both sites were rejected at an Ashfield District Council planning meeting because of their intrusion into Greenbelt land. But some councillors have revealed they are concerned the refusal was not strong enough and are worried it could help the travellers to appeal the decision. The travellers, who set up camp with six caravans in Underwood, now have six months to appeal the council’s decision.