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16/04/2021

Appeal: Children’s best interests fail to justify Gypsy caravan site

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An inspector has cited local policy conflict in refusing caravan site for two Gypsy families in Hampshire contrary to the best interests of their eight children, commenting that the council was ‘taking its obligations towards the Traveller community seriously’.

LOCATIONHambledonAUTHORITYWinchester City CouncilINSPECTORSimon HandPROCEDUREHearingDECISIONDismissedREFERENCEAPP/L1765/C/20/3254261The decision concerned two appeals relating to the use of land 10 miles north of Portsmouth as a caravan site for Gypsies and Travellers. In May 2020, the council had refused an application for planning permission and issued an enforcement notice that alleged a........
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