Casebook: Court cases - Gypsy decision on employment site quashed

The deputy prime minister has accepted that an inspector failed to provide adequate reasons for allowing a Gypsy family to occupy land on a West Midlands trading estate on a three-year temporary permission.

The council objected to the scheme on the grounds that it would lead to a loss of land allocated for employment and might restrict the type of industrial uses that could be carried on nearby. It also argued that the family would have poor amenity space and unacceptable environmental conditions due to the site's location. Mr Justice Sullivan agreed that the inspector had erred in granting permission. He accepted the council's argument that the reasoning was inadequate and failed to deal with government policies.

Wolverhampton City Council v First Secretary of State; Date: 12 October 2005; Ref: CO/2195/2005.

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