An inspector has recommended rejection of protected Village Green status for Radley Lakes, near Abingdon.

Vivian Chapman QC held a public inquiry in April and June into the application from Save Radley Lakes member Jo Cartmell to protect both Thrupp and Bullfield Lakes from being used as a dump for spent fuel ash from Didcot Power station.

Mrs Cartmell argued that the lakes and land had been used by the public for recreational purposes for at least 20 years and should be granted Town or Village Green status.

The inquiry was held because village green issues are completely different to the planning process.

Planning permission has been given to energy giant npower for the Radley Lakes development.

Mr Chapman's recommendation will now be considered and a decision made at next month's meeting of Oxfordshire County Council's Planning and Regulation committee.