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Gypsy camp is


refused planning permission


P


ermission for a gypsy pitch in Langleybury has been refused by Three Rivers District


Council‘s planning committee, following a 500- strong signature against the proposal. A traveller family set-up camp at the site, west


of Langleybury Lane and north of Old House Lane, earlier this year. Jimmy Cash applied for permission to station


caravans and additional hard-standings and utility rooms on the land – about 0.45 hectares, currently enclosed by 1.8m high boarded fencing. Council officers reported to the committee that


much of the infrastructure was already in place, ―unlawfully‖. Abbots Langley Parish Council objected to the


application and expressed concerned about further unapproved growth. Local residents petitioned against the development. A landscape officer also objected to the


development on the basis the site was subject to a Woodland Order and many trees, including


The gypsy camp site.


protected trees, had been illegally felled. They said: ―An investigation into a possible prosecution shall be made.‖ Council officers recommended planning


permission be refused as the development constituted the creation of residential dwellings in the Green Belt. Council Leader Ann Shaw said the application


was refused because it did not meet the requirements for planning permission. She said: ―It‘s as simple as that. We had a very thorough report and I moved to confirm the officer‘s recommendation. ―They (Mr Cash and his family) moved in


earlier this year, we took legal action and they had to put in a proper planning application. They have the same choices as anyone else and can appeal, and it will be decided by an inspector.‖


by Dan Hatch


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