North East Wales

Dollar Park Gypsy site ruling overturned by judge

The Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand, London

The owner of a listed building in Flintshire has won a High Court fight over the future of a nearby Gypsy site.

Families have been living at Dollar Park, Bagillt Road, Holywell, since 2007.

In April last year Flintshire council renewed planning permission for up to 13 caravans to stay put for five years.

But a High Court judge has overturned that decision on appeal by Anthony Jayes, owner of Glyn Abbott, which overlooks the camp.

Judge Mark Ockelton said Mr Jayes was "entitled to be upset" by the council's "rather casual" approach to an important planning issue.

In recommending renewed permission, one of the council's planning officers had highlighted the welfare of children living on the site, the court heard.

'Seeking advice'

Judge Ockelton said while the welfare of children was "a primary consideration", it was only two days before the decision was taken that "any questions were asked at all" about the number on the site and their needs.

He said aspects of the officer's report were "seriously misleading" and gave the impression that there had been an assessment of youngsters' actual needs and implied that refusing consent "would not be an option".

After the ruling, Andrew Farrow, from Flintshire council, said: "We have noted the comments of the judge in reaching his decision and we are currently seeking advice and considering our position."

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