Clophill Public Meeting
Posted Monday, 14 March 2011 at 11:56
On Saturday morning, over 100 residents from the village of Clophill attended a public meeting to discuss a planning application which has been applied for under the Gypsy and Traveller provision.
The application is retrospective for two vans to be laid on one pitch, on agricultural land. The meeting was positive and a clear strategy defined in terms of moving forward.
When the Localism Bill comes into effect in May, retrospective applications will no longer be allowed, the majority of which are filed by unscrupulous developers.
It is always good to see a community united and come together, especially when it is to protect the environment in which they live and value.
The ECHR defines that Gypsy and Travellers have rights. Residents have rights too. Most want an equal society. Not one where one group of people are allowed to run a road surfacing business from home and not pay business rates and one where a tax payer is not allowed to run a business from home without paying rates.
Thankfully, the Localism Bill will address these issues too.
Watch this space for developments.
I will post the photographs from the dinner with David Davis later...
Nadine Dorries MP
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
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