Travellers win brief reprieve

A group of travellers has been given a stay-of-execution before they're forced to leave a greenbelt site in Chorley.

The Linfoot and Boswell families had been set to leave the camp on Hut Lane on February 13.

However due a number of legal complexities the travellers have won an extension until June 24.

The latest twist comes after Chorley Council's decision to refuse retrospective planning permission for two mobile homes and 14 caravans was upheld by a planning inspector and a senior judge.

Coun Peter Goldsworthy, leader of Chorley Council, explained the situation: "We understand the frustrations of residents in the area but the legal process is very complex and by taking this decision we hope to prevent any more delays and further costs to local taxpayers.

"Last year the planning inspector ruled that the families would have to vacate the site by February 13 and return the land to its original condition by May 13.

"The families applied for permission to appeal to the High Court against the enforcement notices we issued but this was rejected by a senior judge who backed our decision.

"However, because Mr Boswell had also appealed against the council's decision to refuse planning permission, an appeal that was later withdrawn, it has extended the time his family can stay on the site because the period of notice for the families to leave the site had

been suspended during this time."

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* christopher.maguire@lep.co.uk