Social Welfare Lawyers in the Centre of Birmingham

Gypsy and Traveller Cases

R (O’Brien) – v – South Cambridgeshire Council and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

R (O’Brien) – v – South Cambridgeshire Council and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2016] EWHC 36 (Admin), 22 January 2016

This case involved applications for retrospective planning permission.  Localism Act 2011 Section 123 amends Town and Country Planning Act 1990  by adding a new Section 70C which reads as follows:-

R (VC) v North Somerset Council (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening) CO/3801/2015

This claim concerned a challenge brought by an Irish Traveller to a “local connection” requirement contained within North Somerset Council’s housing allocations scheme, which had been extended beyond Part VI Housing Act 1996 allocations to cover Gypsy/Traveller site allocations. The effect of that requirement was that the Claimant, who could not point to a local connection to North Somerset, was denied entry to the Council’s housing register.

Connors -v- Forest of Dean DC

Connors v Forest of Dean DC, Bristol County Court, Recorder Blunt QC

Ms Connors is an Irish Traveller with 5 children, 2 of whom are disabled owing to a lung condition and hearing impairments. She had travelled all her life except for a short period in which she lived in a house. In June 2014 she had to leave a Traveller site in Stroud and relocated to the Forest of Dean District Council (‘FoD’) area.

R (Mulvenna and Smith) – v – Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Equality and Human Rights Commission

R (Mulvenna and Smith) – v – Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Equality and Human Rights Commission [2015] EWHC 3494 (Admin), 4th December 2015

This case followed on from the case of R (Moore and Coates) – v – SSCLG (see the CLP website at:- (http://www.communitylawpartnership.co.uk/traveller-planning).