AN application for a proposed Gypsy and Traveller site was knocked back after an impassioned plea from the mother of a girl with a rare genetic condition.

Officers had recommended approval of the six-pitch site off Cwttir Lane in St Asaph.

Protesters against the plans stood with placards and made their feelings known outside the chamber, while a packed public gallery saw councillors reject the plans by 15 votes to two, with one abstention.

The site, formerly part of Green Gates Farm, had been earmarked for one family and consisted of three semi‐detached amenity blocks with associated hardstanding access road and landscaping.

There were 1,712 objections to the site, with 168 rejected.

Of those, 71 contained unacceptable comments, according to the council.

A campaign group, Businesses and Residents Against Inappropriate Development St Asaph (BRAIDS), fought against the scheme.

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The site of the proposed Gypsy and Traveller development on Cwttir Lane

Picture: Leanne Groves

They objected to the site being outside the Local Development Plan (LDP), affecting visual amenity and being too far away from local services in St Asaph.

BRAIDS activist Leanne Groves spoke at the meeting and said the site would shatter the peace she had planned for her daughter Izzy, who suffers from Pitt Hopkins Syndrome, which affects around 200 people globally.

Mrs Groves’ daughter is unable to talk and has severe learning difficulties and very limited mobility.

Addressing the chamber, Mrs Groves said she bought her home because it was so remote.

She said: “For Izzy, everyday noises which may seem ‘normal’ to others can trigger profound and prolonged distress, such as traffic noise, air brakes, shouting, barking, loud bangs and sudden unexpected sounds are all problematic.

“We can only manage Izzy’s environment to deal with this. The impact of this nearby development would be profound and would make her, then us, unwell.

“We are her advocates and carers, her only voice. This threatens her chance to stay living with us at her home.

“Please do not jeopardise our already difficult family life. Please hear Izzy’s voice.”

Cllr Peter Scott, member for St Asaph West, said: “This application merits refusal. It is inconceivable that there are not more suitable locations.”

Speaking about Mrs Groves’ situation, Rhuddlan councillor Anne Davies said: “In my 12 years as a councillor, I haven’t seen a case that has saddened me so much. I believe we should show compassion and refuse this application.”

Councillors have urged officers to find a more suitable site for the family, who are Welsh-speaking and have been resident in Denbighshire for 46 years.

It is unlikely the council will pursue the same site again.