Minister rules on appeal over traveller site in Essex

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The fate of a traveller encampment in Essex is to be decided by the Secretary of State for Communities.

Hard standing for caravans was laid down at Little Hallingbury in October last year on land owned by travellers.

Uttlesford District Council secured an injunction banning caravans but owners appealed and a public inquiry was held.

The inspector who led the inquiry has been asked by the government to make a recommendation on planning permission to Secretary of State Eric Pickles.

Evidence considered

In February the Planning Inspectorate announced it would determine the appeal against Uttlesford District Council's enforcement notice.

The public inquiry that ended in April failed to announce a decision within the six-week target period when the Labour administration relinquished power to the new government.

The planning inspector who conducted the inquiry will now submit a report to the Secretary of State based on the evidence considered at the inquiry.

He will recommend whether or not planning permission should be granted.

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