Gypsy family to 'rise above' objections to field home bid
A GYPSY family has said it will "rise above" a spate of objections to its bid to take up permanent residence on a Cheltenham field.
Lita Cox and her family want to call the Castle Dream Stud, in Mill Lane, their home, having occupied the site under temporary permission for two years.
But, residents have sent in a flurry of objections. One of their chief concerns is that approving the plan would harm the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and that more gypsy families could flood on to the site.
Adam Gatier, planning agent for the Cox family, said many of the objections were "vexatious" and that his client would rise above them.
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He said: "What the majority of objectors have failed to acknowledge is the obligations on the planning authority to make site allocations for the traveller community in the same way they allocate mainstream housing sites."