Following a public hearing at Bexhill Town Hall on 10th December 2013, the Inspector, in a judgement published on 29 January 2014, dismissed the appeal.
The situation following the dismissal of the appeal is that the site, which is at Telegraph Point, Coldharbour Farm Estate, Battle Road, Brightling TN21 9LG, has planning permission for a gypsy/traveller pitch but only for 3 named people and their dependants. A further restriction links the planning permission to one of those named people – if this particular person ceases to live there for any reason the planning permission for all of the others automatically lapses and the site has to be restored to being a field. This “temporary permission,” as it is officially described, was essentially given on compassionate grounds, on the grounds that the person concerned was elderly and infirm.
The inspector’s decision casts considerable doubt on the decision by Rother District Council to shortlist the site for permanent gypsy/traveller occupation for possible inclusion in the “Core strategy” – the key planning document of the local plan for the period 2011-2028.