planners have evicted a man from the land where he has lived
for the past 29 years. Charlie Mabey is now living in an old
Land Rover after losing an epic planning dispute over the site
near Corfe Mullen.
Eye shows how the 57-year-old burnt his makeshift home and
buried his possessions before East Dorset District Council
seized his land. Mr Mabey, who comes from a Romany family,
says that travellers have always used the site: "If I can't
stay on a piece of land where gypsies have lived for a hundred
years, then where can I stay?"
and his wife Ketrina bought the site in 1972. They paid £2000
for an acre of land because they believed it had established
use as a caravan site. As ordinary agricultural land, the site
was only worth about £200. The Mabeys and their two young
children moved into a mobile home on the land, but the
planners then decided that the site did not have established
use. Their chances of getting planning permission disappeared
in 1982 when the land was included in the greenbelt.