Eden family’sbid for“off-grid” home

Date: Friday 12th October 2018

AN Eden-based family of “new travellers” could win temporary planning permission for a personal residential development despite “strong opposition” from Ousby Parish Council.

Barney Maurice and Katus Young have applied to Eden Council for retrospective permission for the retention of two bowtop caravans, plus an ancillary cabin, solar panels, landscape planting, animal feed store, compost toilet and washroom, which form an “off-grid” residential development at Nutwood, Melmerby.

Eden Council’s planning committee is being recommended to support the proposal when it meets on Thursday, but only on the basis of a temporary, personal planning permission for a period of 14 years.

A different and more intensive scheme — including holiday use — was refused by the committee in May, 2017. There have been 67 objections to the proposal as well as 58 representations in support.