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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 May, 2005, 08:33 GMT 09:33 UK
Gypsies wait for decision on land
A planning application by rival gypsy groups in South Worcestershire has been called in by the deputy prime minister.

A group of Irish families have applied for permission for 18 caravans on a field in Cleeve Prior next door to an already well established site.

Wychavon District Council originally rejected the application and the group appealed.

John Prescott's office have now called the appeal in and it will now be decided at a hearing in October.

'Defeat application'

Richard Beddows from Cleeve Prior Parish Council said local residents are worried another group would upset the balance.

He told BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester: "We've co-existed for 20-plus years with the existing community.

"We've got gypsies sitting on the residents association committee, they contribute to the village and it works well.

"The existing owners (of the land) weren't interested at all in selling it, so we have to defeat this planning application."


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