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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 February, 2005, 12:14 GMT
Gypsies given permission to stay
A group of Gypsies who bought a plot of land and set up a camp without planning permission have been told they can stay on the site.

The families moved onto the site at Brookthorpe, near Gloucester, in September 2004 and later applied for retrospective planning permission.

On Tuesday evening, Stroud District Council gave the go-ahead for the site to become permanent.

The move has angered local residents who campaigned against it.

'Site shortage'

Bruce Wignall, who lives nearby, told the BBC: "What does this mean for the future?

"Can anybody build anything in their gardens and their fields and say 'Well, we'll worry about retrospective planning permission afterwards'?

But district councillor Graham Littleton defended the decision: "We have a shortage of sites in the Stroud area for Gypsies.

"Had the committee turned down the application to stay, given that we have already lost two appeals on sites nearby, we felt the inspector would have granted permission."

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