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Powys gypsy site rejected by council for second time

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Councillors voted on the future of the gypsy site at a meeting

Plans for a £1.4m gypsy site have been rejected for a second time in six months by a local authority.

Powys council's planning committee voted against the proposal to transform farmland at Llanfilo, near Brecon, into a camp for a family of Romany gypsies.

The plans were initially turned down last September, but the applicants threatened a judicial review.

The local authority agreed to reconsider the application and it was recommended for conditional approval.

But the council confirmed that the application had been rejected for the second time, but no more details are available at the moment.

Councillors visited the planned gypsy site on Tuesday and then met in Brecon to vote on its future.


The initial plans went before councillors in September last year when they were recommended for approval, but the local planning authority voted against them.

In December, the council received an application on behalf of lawyers representing traveller Trevor J Smith, to judicially review the decision.

Mr Justice Hickinbottom then granted permission for Mr Smith to proceed with the judicial review claim in January, but before it could proceed the council agreed to quash its planning decision following legal advice.

The plans were resubmitted and were recommended for conditional approval.

A council spokesman said: "The original application was made by the council's housing department and there was no right of appeal against the refusal.

"However, the decision was subject to judicial review and the council has agreed to quash the decision and reconsider the application."

The Smith gypsy family is currently living on a small holding in a village in the Brecon Beacons, but their caravans have to be moved by April.

Plans in Llanfilo are for 14 pitches to support a family of 20 adult Romany Gypsies and 13 children.

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