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Appeal to put four caravans in New Barn bungalow's garden rejected

PUBLISHED: 09:54 08 January 2016 | UPDATED: 09:54 08 January 2016

Conservative John Cubitt

Conservative John Cubitt

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It follows applications first launched last year

A New Barn has lost his appeal to put four traveller caravans in the garden of his bungalow in Longfield Avenue.

Last April the council rejected an application by William Cook for the plans, which were called “inappropriate” by a government inspector.

Following an appeal, a public inquiry was opened in May as well as a site visit.

On Wednesday, the secretary of state for communities and local government announced the decision to reject the appeal.

Inspector Frances Mahoney claimed the siting of the four caravans was “inappropriate” and would harm the local area in the green belt.

Council leader John Cubitt responded to the news.

He said: “We are pleased that once again the council’s planning policy has proved robust enough to defend the green belt, and the council will continue to fight against inappropriate incursions into our countryside.”

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