PERMISSION has been granted by the national park authority for two permanent Gypsy or Traveller pitches in the New Forest.
Landowner David Webbs applied for a change of use for the 1,600-square metre plot at Forest View, off Lyndhurst Road in Landford, where he has lived for more than 15 years in a mobile home.
Until now he only had temporary permission to remain there, and previously imposed conditions would have meant his family having to leave upon his death. The change of use will allow for two permanent pitches, whether Mr Webbs lives there or not.
The land had already been designated for Gypsies or Travellers in the NPA’s newly adopted Local Plan, which sets out development policies.
Landford Parish Council recommended the application be refused on the grounds that it conflicted with Local Plan policies. But members acknowledged the temporary occupation of the site by Mr Webbs was “perfectly acceptable” to most residents.
The application drew three letters of objection, which covered concerns over the site potentially being sold and more plots added, as well as it being out of keeping for the rural area. There were two letters of support.
The NPA’s executive director for strategy and planning, Steve Avery, said that conditions had been accepted by the applicant to ensure the development does not harm the character and appearance or amenities of the area.