Plans for a Traveller site in Chesterfield look set to be approved in principle - amid concerns about methane and contaminated soil at the location.
On Tuesday next week, Chesterfield Borough Council's planning committee will meet to consider an application for a Traveller site with three pitches on land to the rear of Mayfields at Hady Lane, Hady.
A static caravan and touring caravan would be situated on each pitch at the location - which is is a former landfill site.
A borough council planning report, which has been seen by the Derbyshire Times, recommends that councillors approve the application subject to conditions.
One of those conditions specifies that further gas monitoring and soil analysis is carried out and agreed as appropriate before people can use the site.
'Appropriate to approve the application subject to suitable conditions'
Derbyshire County Council, which owns the former landfill site, expressed 'fundamental concerns that the site is not suitable or safe for the proposed use, not least because of the levels of methane that are still emitting from the site and that the soil is also contaminated'.
In light of the county council's concerns, the borough council appointed environmental consultancy Wardell Armstrong LLP to conduct tests and give an independent opinion on the application.
The borough council planning report states: "Wardell Armstrong have stated that based on current information, it is unlikely that there are any potential risks of such severity for which a remedial solution is not achievable.
"As such, it is considered appropriate to approve the application subject to suitable conditions."
'No significant threat to the local economy'
The borough council planning report adds: "There is no substantive evidence to support a view that there would be any significant threat to the local community of anti-social behaviour from the occupation of the site by a family of the applicant’s ethnicity.
"The community safety officer and Derbyshire Constabulary have raised no objection to the proposed land use or to the current occupation of the site to the east.
"With regards to the adverse impact on the character of the area, the site is relatively well screened and would not be prominent within the wider landscape.
"With regards to traffic, it is not considered that these plans would result in any significant additional impact.
"There have been no objections from county council highways, ample parking provision is available and access to the site is considered to be appropriate."
The borough council needs to identify sites for two permanent Gypsy and Traveller pitches as part of its latest Local Plan.
Last year, the authority rejected six Chesterfield sites for consideration for the pitches.
The current application, if approved, would meet the outstanding requirement, according to the borough council planning report.