Permission has been given for a gypsy family to use land for a residential caravan site on appeal.

Miles Doran successfully appealed against Fareham Borough Council’s decision to block planning permission for a site off Titchfield Road, Stubbington.

He had applied to change the use of land and premises to a residential caravan site for one gypsy family with two caravans, including no more than one static mobile home.

Planning permission was refused in June on the grounds that there was judged no proved need for additional gypsy pitches, the site was in a rural and unsustainable location with poor access to facilities and that it would detract from the rural setting.

A Government planning inspector said the highway authority had no safety reasons to object and, with conditions, commercial activity could be prevented.

He judged that it would not damage the character or appearance of the area and that it had acceptable access to shops, schools and health facilities.

Permission was given on condition that the site be only occupied by Mr Doran and his dependants and when they leave the land permission ends.

No commercial activities will be allowed to take place on the land.