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Appeal: Clark overturns gypsy site approval despite ‘pressing need’


Communities secretary Greg Clark has overturned an inspector’s decision to grant permission for an 18-pitch gypsy and traveller site within the Metropolitan Green Belt, on the edge of Datchet village in Berkshire, despite acknowledging a ‘pressing need’ for such sites in the borough.

Clark agreed with inspector Diane Lewis’s assessment that Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Council is unable to demonstrate a five-year supply of gypsy and traveller sites, and that relevant policies relating to the supply are out of date.

The inspector and secretary of state were in agreement that the proposal constitutes inappropriate development in the green belt and would r.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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