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A bid to expand a traveler site in Princes Risborough has been rejected by council.

A proposal has been submitted to Bucks Council for a partially retrospective change of use application for two plots of land in Askett Lane.

The plans (partly retrospective) provided for the change of use of plots 7 and 8 to create a single traveler pitch consisting of two mobile homes, a touring caravan and the construction of a laundry room.

A planning document noted that the proposal had been put forward to provide housing for a single household and extended family only. The documents add that no other suitable alternative is available to the family in the district.

However, a decision by planning officers called the proposal an “unsuitable development” and therefore denied permission.

The decision notice stated: “In the opinion of the local planning authority, the development due to its location in the countryside beyond the boundaries of the settlement of Princes Risborough – and being both within the area strategic buffer for Princes Risborough and a rural green space identified as “Retaining Longwick Village’s District Rural Identity” – would compromise the strategic role of these identified buffers.”

He added that the plan would “introduce inappropriate development” and would “urbanize and be detrimental to the open character and appearance of the area”.

Further details noted that the remoteness of the site would encourage residents to rely on cars, contrary to the principles of sustainable development.

The decision to reject the application – reference 22/06506/FUL – was taken on July 18.