Gypsy site is scrapped

Land at Watery Lane in Ashbourne has been withdrawn as a potential site for a traveller family after the former owners refused to lift a covenant.

Friday, 4th January 2013, 8:00 am

Derbyshire Dales District Council wrote to Nestle in October to ask if they would lift a legal agreement which stopped the authority – who now own the land – from developing the site.

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But on December 20, Nestle refused to give permission.

Dorcus Bunton, district council chief executive, said: “Watery Lane would have been the most cost-effective option and the most appealing to the Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group (DGLG).”

A detailed report on the remaining potential sites will be presented at a meeting on January 22. Sites suggested by Derbyshire County Council will also be discussed.