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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 March 2008, 20:37 GMT
Travelling showpeople leave site
Caravans and other equipment will have to be moved
A council's decision to stop travelling showpeople putting mobile homes on a site in Chobham has been backed by a planning inspector.

Families now have to remove their caravans from the field in Pennypot Lane, Surrey Heath council said.

An inspector's report said sites for travelling showpeople were needed, but that there was "material harm" to the character and appearance of the area.

The council said it was working to provide more travellers' accommodation.

'Sites needed'

The showpeople had sought a five-year temporary permission to stay.

The inspector's report said he noted the needs of the showpeople, but considered their needs could be met elsewhere.

Council leader Moira Gibson said: "The council recognises the need for more accommodation in west Surrey for travellers in general and we are working in accordance with government guidance to meet this need.

"In the meantime, residents of Chobham and West End will look forward to Field 2100 being vacated."

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