Council withdraws objection to permanent site occupation

After the opening day of a public inquiry at which an appellant sought permanent consent for 16 gypsy pitches in Warwickshire the local planning authority decided to withdraw its opposition to the scheme.

The council had granted temporary permission in 2013 and a condition had been imposed limiting the use to a maximum of three years. This was due to the adverse impact on the character and appearance of the area. However, on the second day of the inquiry the council informed the inspector that, having regard to the presumption in favour of sustainable development, the adverse impacts of granting a permanent consent no longer clearly and demonstrably outweighed the benefits of doing so.

The inspector agreed that there was a substantial unmet need for additional pitches and this gave significant weight in favour of the appeal. Insufficient sites were likely to come forward within the next three years since the call for new sites had generated little positive response. Approximately 30 children lived on the site and their educational needs were a prime consideration. Since the site occupied a sustainable location permanent consent was justified.

Inspector: Clive Hughes; Inquiry

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