Hereford & Worcester

Upton Bishop travellers told they must leave site

An order to remove travellers' caravans from a site in Herefordshire has been backed by a government inspector.

An appeal against Herefordshire council's decision to refuse permission for the Upton Bishop and Holmes Grove sites was also dismissed.

The ruling decided that the two locations were not appropriate for a Gypsy and traveller site.

The inspector, Diane Lewis, did recognise there was a shortage of sites in Herefordshire.

'Traditional orchard'

The time given for caravans to be moved from Marsh Farm, Upton Bishop near Ross-on-Wye, was increased to nine months.

Ms Lewis made her decision following a public inquiry lasting six days.

It heard the views of residents living in Upton Bishop and surrounding villages.

The inquiry concluded that the sites did not comply with the council's Unitary Development Plan because they were not within a reasonable distance of services and facilities and would have an adverse impact on the character and amenity of the landscape.

It also ruled that the proposal would threaten a traditional orchard that has been designated a priority habitat.

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