FAREHAM Borough Council has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds in costs after losing a High Court battle.
The council had been appealing against an inspector’s decision to back occupants of three chalets wanting to live all year round at Solent Breezes Holiday park in Warsash.
The government-appointed inspector had backed their right to stay there after the council had slapped an enforcement notice on the home-owners in a bid to remove them.
The local authority had argued that allowing people to stay there all year changed the character of the area. But the inspector disagreed.
And so did Mr Justice Irwin, who ordered the council to pay £4,000 towards the Secretary of State’s legal costs.
But council leader, councillor Sean Woodward, defended their actions, saying that they had followed the wishes of the majority of Warsash residents.
He said: ‘It’s branded as a holiday park, not a housing estate.
‘To my mind the council is totally vindicated in pursuing this. The advice we received was that we were right – the original planning consents were very clear.
‘I’m sure we will now get a string of planning applications asking to change their conditions – that will recoup the costs.’