Bromley London Borough Council v Secretary of State for Environment Transport and the Regions and Others: QBD 19 Jul 2001

The applicants sought permission to build a national centre for travelling showmen within the green belt. They argued that there was a very special need for such a facility. And that a search had revealed no suitable alternative location. The inspector agreed. He found the development would harm the green belt, but that the very special circumstances outweighed that harm. The Secretary of State confirmed the decision. The authority appealed, but the appeal was unsuccessful. Though the Secretary of State had not explicitly dealt with doubts expressed by the inspector as to the search methodology used, his decision did not need to refer to each part of the inspector’s decision.


Gazette 19-Jul-2001


Updated: 18 May 2022; Ref: scu.78670