Casebook: Appeal cases - Gypsies and travellers - Gypsy site held unacceptable in green belt area

The deputy prime minister has accepted an inspector's recommendation to uphold various enforcement notices directed against an unauthorised Gypsy encampment in the metropolitan green belt in Essex, concluding that the site caused substantial harm to the openness of the area.

The deputy prime minister accepted that dismissing the appeals would involve interference in the human rights of the appellant and his family, since they would lose their residence and the children's education might be disrupted. But he asserted that upholding the notices was a proportionate response to the harm caused.

Although there were no alternative pitches on approved sites in the area, the deputy prime minister concluded that there was no overriding need for the family to remain on the site. However, he agreed to extend the period of compliance to 12 months to enable the family to seek alternative accommodation before vacating the site.

DCS No: 31966214; Inspector: Neil Roberts; Inquiry.

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