Social Welfare Lawyers in the Centre of Birmingham

Manchester Ship Canal Developments -v- Persons Unknown

Manchester Ship Canal Developments Ltd, Peel Investments Limited -v- Persons Unknown, Crane and Others [2014] EWHC 645 CH, 10 March 2014

This is not a Gypsy or Traveller case.

An organisation called Igas proposed to carry out drilling activity on a piece of land. This drilling activity was to be investigatory and was for the purpose of establishing whether there were hydro carbon deposits underneath the land that were capable of being exploited using a technique known as “fracking”.

Low Commission Final Report

The Low Commission is an independent commission set up by the Legal Action Group to report into the question of access to justice especially in the light of the recent and ongoing Legal Aid reforms. They produced their final report in January 2014. Click here to access The Low Commission final report.

CLP has done an analysis of this report:


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CLP Analysis of Low Commission Final Report (38 KB)

Flynn -v- SSCLG and Basildon BC

Flynn -v- Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (SSCLG) and Basildon Borough Council [2014] EWHC 390 (Admin), 20 February 2014

Mrs Flynn was one of the Travellers evicted from the Dale Farm site in November 2011. She moved her caravan to an access track leading to Dale Farm. On 24th July 2012, Basildon DC (as they then were) served an Enforcement Notice on Mrs Flynn.

R (Hand) -v- SSCLG

R (Hand) -v- Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2014] EWHC 314 (Admin), 23 January 2014

Town and County Planning Act 1990 Section 171 B (3) states that enforcement action can be taken against the use of land in general within 10 years from the use commencing. However, use of a building as a dwellinghouse becomes immune from enforcement and, therefore, lawful after 4 years.