Family members of travelers could go to jail after their offer to live in the country was rejected.


In July, the Price family had applied for a building permit for a former allotment garden site on Factory Lane in Widnes.

A family of travelers faces a day in court after their application for a permit to live on their own land failed.

The Price family’s application to stay on their land in Widnes has been denied, and further legal proceedings are to follow.

“They believe that it is essential for their personal health and psychological well-being that they seek a more sedentary basis, as the family group includes children, expectant mothers and people with health problems who need access to medical facilities.

The Price family said in their application: “They have been camping for many years at various transit sites and roadside pitches, which has put a heavy strain on the family over time.

The family had bought the land last year and had already moved to the site as they said they had nowhere else to go, especially as their group includes children and pregnant women.

However, Halton Council rejected the application on the grounds that it would lead to fear of crime and an unacceptable loss of green spaces.

In its rejection, the Council said that the prices did not enter into “meaningful discussions prior to the application” with the local authority and had “not paid sufficient attention” to Halton’s planning policy.

The rejection notice stated: “The proposed development would lead to a loss of designated green spaces and would result in the disruption of a green space corridor in an urban landscape.

“There are no material considerations that outweigh the damage caused by such a deviation from the development plan and its green space protection measures.

The city council had already issued a writ of execution in which it called on the prices to leave the land before they submitted their planning application, and is now pursuing further legal steps that could ultimately lead to the family going to jail.

The Council’s planning officer added: “In addition, the fear of crime identified is a material consideration that weighs against development.

A spokesman for the Halton Council said: “The Council is seeking a full injunction against the prices in the district court.

“Separately, the application for a change of use was rejected. The applicant can appeal to the Planning Inspectorate, but it has not yet been possible to obtain approval by appealing to the hard position on the site.

” The trial will take place at the beginning of November. If it is successful, the order will punish any unauthorized activity with imprisonment.

“The council will also prosecute the owner for non-compliance with the enforcement order, which requires the removal of the hard standing”.


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