Gypsy caravan site allowed in green belt

The retention of an unauthorised gypsy caravan site on farmland in the Yorkshire green belt was found acceptable by an inspector.

The operational development involved the laying some 3,000 sqm of hard surface on a previously undeveloped field, an earth embankment and access road in open moorland. Four pitches had been created, each involving two caravans.

Attributing substantial weight to the harm caused to the green belt through inappropriate development, detriment to openness and encroachment into the countryside, the inspector also found harm to the character and appearance of the area. However, finding personal circumstances focussed on the needs of ten young children and two expected babies, alongside an overall need for sites and an absence of any suitable alternative accommodation, the inspector decided to grant a three-year temporary and personal planning permission, quashing the enforcement action.

Inspector: John Murray; Hearing

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