DC Casebook: Gypsies and travellers - Car port agreed to cover vintage caravan

An inspector has determined that the removal of a car port at a Gypsy site in the Cambridgeshire green belt is unnecessary after finding that very special circumstances have been demonstrated.

The 7m by 5m structure comprised four brick pillars supporting a shallow pitched roof. It sheltered a carefully restored vintage caravan finished in chrome and wood and heated to avoid the effects of condensation. The caravan was important in maintaining the nomadic tradition of Gypsies and travellers, the appellant argued.

The inspector agreed with the council that the building was inappropriate in the green belt, since it was unrelated to use of the land. However, he agreed that it was the minimum necessary to shelter the caravan and other coverings were probably impractical. Its contribution to preserving the Gypsy way of life also counted in favour of quashing the enforcement notice, he concluded.

DCS Number 100-069-352

Inspector Keri Williams; Hearing.

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