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Appeal: Temporary permission for South Downs gypsy site after eight-year legal battle

South Downs National Park

An inspector has granted temporary consent for a gypsy site in the South Downs National Park that was twice blocked by former secretary of state Eric Pickles, following a ‘failure of policy’ to support gypsy travellers.

The appeal concerned a parcel of land near Nyewood, a hamlet in the South Downs National Park in West Sussex. The appellant received permission to replace derelict stables on the site in 2008, having purchased and moved onto the land previously. After an enforcement notice was issued for the alleged “stationing of mobile homes and a caravan” on the site, the subsequent appeal........
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