Public inquiry decides on future of caravans in Denmead field

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A PUBLIC inquiry is deciding whether three caravans have the right to stay in field.

A two-day hearing took place at Denmead Community Centre over whether three caravans can be sited permanently at Inhams Field, off Inhams Lane, Denmead.

Winchester City Council refused a retrospective planning application from Matilda Holdings Ltd to allow the caravans to be permanently located there because of their impact on the character of the countryside.

The inquiry heard from people living at the site and other people who visit the site.

Professional evidence from planning consultant Robert Tutton was also heard.

Members of the public heard the site has also been used for horse shows and bonfire parties.

The continued use of the site for residence for a period exceeding 10 years has been disputed by more than 70 local residents.

In her submission to the inspector, Councillor Patricia Stallard said: ‘There is imagery from satellite photography of times when the field was empty and not under occupation.’

People living in the caravans have stated the field is their ‘long-term home’.

Inspector Graham Dudley will make his decision soon.