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What is Dale Farm? Why did Basildon Council say the traveller pitches there are illegal?

Dale Farm is a six acre plot of land, including the site of a former scrap yard, in the village of Crays Hill.

Since 2001 travellers breached planning law by setting up homes in caravans, developing hard standings and road access across the site. There were 51 illegal pitches involving approximately 240 people on the site.

The unauthorised site known as Dale Farm was there since autumn 2001. Next to the former Dale Farm site there is an authorised site known as Oak Lane which is quite legal and gained planning permission between 1992 and 1996. It provides 34 pitches.

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