AN appeal against a council’s refusal to give planning permission for a residential gypsy caravan site has been made to the planning inspectorate.

An application by Reuben Rogers for retrospective planning permission to use land in Aycliffe Lane, in Brafferton, near Darlington, for three touring caravans, one static caravan and an amenity block was turned down by Darlington Borough Council in November 2012.

Mr Rogers has now appealed against the decision. The appeal will be heard by a planning inspector.

The council turned down the original application on the grounds that the mobile home, touring caravan and amenity block would result in an “unacceptable, visually intrusive feature on this elevated site in the open countryside location”.

Representation for or against the application can be made to Planning Inspectorate at using appeal reference number APP/N1350/A/12/2189534.

Written representations can also be made to The Planning Inspectorate, 3/06 Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN, quoting the same reference number. Three copies should be sent.

All representations should be submitted by February 25. A date for the appeal hearing has not yet be set.