WORK to convert a Hampshire meadow into a trailer park has continued – despite a temporary stop notice being issued.

As previously reported, land owner Nick Butler has been developing a site near Soberton where he plans to live in a converted trailer.

Winchester City Council put the stop notice in place on May 27, but local resident Angus McCullough says work is ongoing and that planning officers are not opposing.

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He said: "Works have continued including mechanical rolling of the hardstanding and mechanical digging of ditches and other drainage works.

"This has associated hedgerow disturbance and destruction at the height of the bird nesting season.

"Officers from the council have revisited, but apparently are satisfied that there are no breaches of the temporary stop notice. They have been asked to clarify why they consider that there is no breach, nor any offence under the Hedgerows Regulations 1997, but have yet to respond.

"I believe that there is widespread local frustration that the council is not following up on its enforcement action, despite works continuing. Although the digger is no longer on site, the huge trailer and a container are there."

The Chronicle has contacted Winchester City Council and awaits a response.

Mr Butler has also not responded to request for comment.