Construction of new Gypsy site is approved

The Pastures mobile home park, Stoke Albany Road, Desborough.
The Pastures mobile home park, Stoke Albany Road, Desborough.
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The construction of a new residential site which will house seven plots for Gypsies and Travellers has been approved by councillors.

Kettering Council’s executive committee last week gave the go-ahead for the £600,000 project to be built on land off Stoke Albany Road, north of Desborough.

The site, which will include seven plots of land, is a separate development to the proposals which were the subject of a recent consultation by Kettering Council.

All seven plots will include space for a mobile home, a van and car and a storage shed, as well as electric, gas, sewerage and water services.

Three of the plots will also feature an amenity building.

John Conway, the council’s head of housing, said the existing site at the Pastures nearby had proven to be a well-run, non-controversial site for Gypsies and Travellers.

And he expressed his hope the new site, which work is due to be started on during August, with a view to it being completed in the autumn, would continue that tradition.

He said: “It’s a very well-run site and we have very few problems. Under the same management we are looking to replicate that. This is a site that has been supported by the local community.

“It’s one of those rare occasions for a site involving Gypsies and Travellers which is not controversial. It’s very well-maintained – people would like more of the same.”

He added: “We got funding of £750,000 from the Government, and the report is the culmination of a lot of hard work from a lot of different people to extend provision for Gypsies and Travellers.”

Mr Conway said the next step was to accept formally an offer from an unnamed contractor which submitted a tender valued at £598,986.

He added: “We are accepting the tender. We are hoping to issue a letter of acceptance next week.”

The grant from the Department for Communities and Local Government issued the grant in 2006, with Mr Conway saying the new site had been a long time in the planning.