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Gypsy site goes to public inquiry

Gypsy development
The families say the council has a duty to provide sites for them

A public inquiry is being held over a Gypsy site in south Warwickshire that councillors say is illegal.

A group of about 16 families moved onto land they own in Darlingscott in March and installed paving, electricity and water supplies.

But Stratford-on-Avon District Council did not give planning approval for the work, or for people to live there.

A planning inspector is due to open a public inquiry later in Stratford-upon-Avon to decide the Gypsy site's fate.

A planning application for the development, on the A429, near Shipston-on-Stour, was sent to the council on 20 March, the day before the families moved onto the site.

However, planning officers said the application had been incorrectly filled out and could not be processed.

A spokesman for the families previously said the council was supposed to be supplying sites for the travelling community, but had failed to do so.


Councillors have said the campsite is illegal

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