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Public inquiry to decide gypsy site plans
10:40am Friday 13th December 2013 in News
A PUBLIC inquiry into whether two Gypsy brothers and their families should be allowed to live on agricultural land near Fordingbridge will be held on April 29.
The plan by Felix and Miles Connors attracted 300 letters of protest from local people who said they feared it would set a dangerous precedent, and may lead to dozens of caravans on the rural spot, off Marl Lane.
Planners agreed and turned down the plan. But the brothers appealed and now a planning inspector appointed by the Government will hear both sides at Fordingbridge Town Hall from 10am on April 29.
The brothers want to use the land as a Gypsy site for two mobile homes, with new access and entrance gates an amenity block, stable block, hardstanding and parking.
Residents say it would create a hazard for dog walkers, children and horseriders who use the local bridleways and would be an unattractive addition to a well-loved and well-used landscape.
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