A BID for a certificate of lawfulness for the sitting of touring caravans has been knocked back by Wiltshire Council.

Mr and Mrs Awdry of Long River Farm, Newtown in Westbury applied to the council for the siting of moveable structures pursuant to camping and siting of temporary touring caravans at their property.

In rejecting the application, planning officers wrote: “Sufficient evidence has not been submitted to the Local Planning Authority to support this Lawful Development Certificate.

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"On the balance of evidence produced, the local planning authority considers that the land subject to this application and shown edged red on the site location plan, has not been used for a period in excess of 10 years for camping use and the siting of touring caravans.

“The tourist use, as submitted, is not lawful.”