A fresh planning application has been lodged by a group of gypsies in Meriden to set up a smaller alternative camp on greenbelt land.
The travellers have resubmitted plans for change of use of land to allow caravans and sheds to be temporarily stationed on a field off Eaves Green Lane, in Meriden – a stone’s throw from their current illegal development.
The gypsies have until the end of March to leave the greenbelt land they have been occupying since the end of April 2010, after hammering out an agreement with the council in front of a High Court Judge, last spring.
The original application for eight caravans/mobile homes, sheds and parking in a field was rejected by Solihull Borough Council in November.
The new dramatically reduced plans were lodged on January 14, and made on behalf of just two families who are “both homeless” and from the end of March will have no where to live in their caravans.
The statement said: “The families have been actively searching for alternative arrangements. They have contacted other authorities in the West Midlands area and asked around to see if any one knows of any spare pitches. They have drawn a blank.”
A local 250 strong group called Residents Against Inappropriate Development set up a 24 hours counter camp opposite the gypsy site and marked 1,000 days of protest on Thursday.
David McGrath, chairman of RAID, said he would be objecting to the latest application.
He said: “It seems like the need for traveller accommodation in the area is melting like snow in the winter sun.
"The site has already been refused permission once because it floods, is inaccessible, has been cut off by snow in the winter and the busy A45 runs on the embankment alongside it.
“The site is alongside to where they are now and the same arguments apply.”
A spokeswoman from Solihull Council said: “The application would be considered in due course.”