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Gypsies move caravans on to site

Caravan site in Hullavington
The planning application should take six to eight weeks

A group of Gypsies has moved on to a Wiltshire site before gaining planning permission.

Wiltshire Council issued a stop notice after six caravans were moved on to the plot in Hullavington, near Corston.

The group submitted an application on 17 April, but began moving the next day before it had been processed.

William Harner of Hullavington Parish Council said: "Planning consent was refused on this site four years ago for a private dwelling."

Eileen, one of the travellers that has moved in, said: "We want to make friends, have a life. We just want to be happy. The kids the same."

William Harner of Hullavington Parish gives his views on a group of gypsies who descended on nearby land.

Wiltshire Council said there had been six caravans present when the stop order was issued.

The authority added that no enforcement action could take place until the planning application was considered, which should take six to eight weeks.

Spokesman Toby Sturgis, said: "The temporary stop notice ensures no further development takes place until the full planning process has taken its course.

"The current legislation is failing to enable councils to protect the countryside through the planning act."

In a separate case, residents living near a potential gypsy site in Wootton Bassett have handed out 300 leaflets ahead of a town council meeting on 23 April.

Wilshire Council said: "We are still early in the consultation process and objectors have until at least 7 May 2009 to make their views known."

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