Plans for eight more travellers’ caravans at a site in the Herefordshire countryside have been put forward.

The proposals for the Herefordshire Council-owned Turnpike site north of Pembridge also include amenity buildings, a children’s play area and new access onto a private road linking to the highway.

The four new plots would each take two caravans, with each plot accommodating one family, with its own amenity building with kitchen, bathroom and utility room, the application explained.


Sewage would be dealt with by an on-site package treatment system.

The council's application admitted that the proposed drainage does not meet its own policy on waste water discharge in the protected River Lugg catchment. But it plans to address this by buying pollution “credits” from a scheme it intends to launch shortly.

Money earmarked for the proposed extension will also also allow the existing six plots “currently in a poor state of repair”, to be refurbished, it added.

Funding of £937,000 for the four Pembridge plots was approved in August 2020, though £28,000 of that was later reallocated.

“Ongoing monitoring and maintenance of the site is crucial,” the application says, with CCTV security cameras to be installed on communal areas within the existing site and proposed extension, and inspections to be carried out fortnightly “or more frequently as required”.

The four additional plots are among 13 set out in the council’s Travellers’ Sites Development Plan, adopted in 2019 – the others being in Romany Way, Grafton (one plot); Orchard Caravan Park, Lower Bullingham (two); Openfields, Bromyard (two); and Nashend Lane, Bosbury (four).

Comments on the proposal, reference 220646, can be made until June 1.