CASEBOOK: Court cases - Gypsies ordered to comply with injunction

St Albans City and District Council has secured a High Court injunction requiring the removal of Gypsy caravans from a site in the metropolitan green belt, rejecting arguments that the health and educational needs of the families were overriding.

The families had occupied the land without permission and had stationed mobile homes and caravans and laid hard core to form a track. They claimed that their personal circumstances, the educational and health needs of the children and a lack of alternative sites justified withholding an injunction which, if granted, would leave them with no alternative but to occupy other unauthorised sites. But Mr Justice Newman concluded that the council was entitled to an injunction in the light of serious breaches of planning control.

St Albans City and District Council v Daniels and Others; Date: 14 October 2003; Ref: 02/TLQ/1800.

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