Battle over travellers’ site set to go to appeal

Wing Caravan Site, Cublington Road... MPLO
Wing Caravan Site, Cublington Road... MPLO

A developer which is fighting to convert a Wing caravan site into a retirement park will appeal against the plan’s refusal , the LBO can confirm.

Earlier this month Aylesbury Vale District Council rejected Wyldecrest Parks’ proposals to create eight plots for premium mobile homes and a small lake on the Cublington Road site.

AVDC has said that the development would be unsustainable, a claim which Wyldcrest Parks contends.

In its application the developer said that its plans would “forever remove the fear of the site ever returning to its former use and the misery endured by the local community wreaked upon by its occupants”.

Wyldecrest estates director David Sunderland told the LBO that an appeal against AVDC’s decision will be made to the Planning Inspectorate.

He said: “We have no hard feelings with the council but we just don’t agree with the decision... they have simply got it wrong.

“They have said that the site is too remote which is strange as it was run as a site for travellers.

“It is only 600 metres from Wing and a kilometre from Cublington.

“If you took that approach everywhere you would shut down half the countryside.”

Wyldecrest Parks purchased the land for £220,000 from Buckinghamshire County Council.

It then spent a further £100,000 on clearing the site before it was told that a planning application would be required.

Wyldecrest claims it was not told this at the time of purchase and that without permissions the site is worth just its agricultural value of £20,000,

Bucks County Council refutes the allegation.

Spokesman John Perry told the LBO: “The buyer instructed solicitors to represent them in this matter.

“The planning authority is AVDC.

“The buyer and their solicitors had every opportunity to raise enquiries with AVDC about the planning before the matter was completed but they appear not to have done so.”