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Appeal court to rule on log cabin

A council will not fight a legal challenge by travellers over a building at the Dale Farm site in Essex.

Travellers sought another judicial review hearing to challenge a decision by Basildon Council to remove the log cabin on the site at Cray's Hill.

Councillors have decided not to use large sums of taxpayers' money in more legal wrangling and delays.

They will now rely on the outcome of the Court of Appeal hearing due in December to deal with the issue.

Council leader Councillor Malcolm Buckley, said: "It would be a grave mistake if anyone was foolish enough to think that our firm policy against illegal developments in the green belt was in any way altered by this decision.

"Following the Court of Appeal hearing, the council expects to be in a position to enforce its decision to clear the unauthorised development at Dale Farm.

"The log cabin, being on the site, will be removed as part of the action we will take. This will also save the two sets of costs in taking direct action."


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