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Another setback for Lakeminster Park residents

Residents battling to stay in their homes at the Lakeminster Park caravan site in Hull Road, Woodmansey, have suffered another major setback after a legal challenge against a planning inspector’s ruling three years ago was rejected. That ruling supported an original decision by East Riding of Yorkshire Council to refuse planning permission for park residents to live there all year round.

Although many park residents have left since the planning wrangle first surfaced five years ago, others have clung to the hope that they will be allowed to stay, claiming they bought chalets on the understanding they had permanent residency. East Riding Council say the original permission was granted on the basis that the homes were for holiday purposes only.

The council threatened to evict remaining residents in March last year but the move was put on hold pending the outcome of continuing legal challenges. Now, the Court of Appeal has rejected a legal challenge by former resident Alan Coates on behalf of residents. A spokesman for East Riding Council told Beverley FM: “The application to the Court of Appeal was not made by the council and its outcome does not affect the validity of the planning enforcement notices issued on the Lakeminster Park site. The site does not currently benefit from any planning permission for holiday use or otherwise.” It’s understand Mr Coates now has 21 days in which he could launch another appeal to the Supreme Court.