Inspector will rule on gypsy site

PUBLISHED: 14:24 03 May 2007 | UPDATED: 12:25 04 May 2010

A GOVERNMENT inspector is to decide whether a gypsy site should go-ahead at Third Drove, Little Downham. The plan for a family gypsy site between 16 and 20 Third Drove, put forward by Joan Clifton, was rejected by East Cambridgeshire District Council. Now

A GOVERNMENT inspector is to decide whether a gypsy site should go-ahead at Third Drove, Little Downham.

The plan for a family gypsy site between 16 and 20 Third Drove, put forward by Joan Clifton, was rejected by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

Now Mrs Clifton is taking her case to the Government in a bid to overturn the council's decision.

Little Downham villagers have been battling for years to keep a gypsy site away from their village.

They fear that if plans are given the go-ahead for a travelling family to move in it will open the flood gates for more caravans and lead to a major site on their doorsteps.

Three years ago, the Boswell family were given permission for a caravan, toilet block and day room on the site at Third Drove.

But they decided not to move in after villagers attacked planners for giving the go-ahead.

They put the land up for sale and now Mrs Clifton is hoping she will get permission for the site on appeal.

A planning inspector will hold a hearing, giving each side a chance to put forward their cases before making a final decision.

Anyone wishing to put forward views about the application can do so online by visiting www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs or by writing to The Planning Inspectorate, 3/16 Eagle Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN before June 22.

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