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S78 inquiry concerning occupation of land in the Green Belt by gypsy caravans.

This appeal concerned one pitch for gypsy caravans on land in the Green Belt, adjoining a local nature reserve and close to footpaths.  There was no enforcement notice because an injunction required the site to be cleared if the s78 appeal failed.  The inquiry was opened but the appellants were not present, one being in custody, charged with murder.  The appeals were determined on the basis of the written proofs.  The local planning authority raised harm to the Green Belt and to the character and appearance of the countryside.   There was no 5 year supply sites for gypsy pitches.  The appeal was dismissed.

Richard Langham appeared for the local planning authority.

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