The claimant gypsies had bought and moved onto land in Norfolk and stayed there in breach of planning enforcement notices. The inspector upheld the notices, but advised the Council of the difficulties in finding sites and had stayed enforcement for a year. The claimants now said that it was unlawful of the council to use its s178 powers to evict them.
Held: The Council had balanced the removal of the group against the extension of time, and took the view that at the expiry of that time, the notices had to be enforced or else the process of enforcement, appeal, and public respect for it would be set at naught. Developments since had made one site available with planning permission, and the decision must be re-considered in the light of the current position. The use of section 178 powers was not disproportionate.
 EWHC 2772 (Admin)
Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, Town and Country Planning Act 1990 178
England and Wales
Cited – South Buckinghamshire District Council and Another v Porter (No 2) HL 1-Jul-2004
Mrs Porter was a Romany gipsy who bought land in the Green Belt in 1985 and lived there with her husband in breach of planning control. The inspector gave her personal permission to continue use, and it had been appealed and cross appealed on the . .
Cited – Regina (O’Brien) v Basildon District Council Admn 2006
There is no inherent restriction on the powers in section 178 to prevent a planning authority using them for the purposes of evicting people using land for a residential purpose in breach of an enforcement notice which had taken effect. It would not . .
Cited – Regina (Yaser Mahmood) v Secretary of State for Home Department Admn 9-Aug-2001
The Home Secretary had served notice that the applicant was an illegal immigrant, and liable to deportation. An order had been made for the cross examination of the applicant. He had come to England to study, but soon dropped his immediate plans. He . .
Cited – Wilson v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry; Wilson v First County Trust Ltd (No 2) HL 10-Jul-2003
The respondent appealed against a finding that the provision which made a loan agreement completely invalid for lack of compliance with the 1974 Act was itself invalid under the Human Rights Act since it deprived the respondent of its property . .
Cited – Secretary of State for Defence v Elias CA 10-Oct-2006
The claimant said that a scheme drawn by the defendant for compensating British civilians interned by the Japanese during the second world war was indirectly discriminatory on racial grounds by requiring a national origin link with the UK. She had . .
Cited – Begum (otherwise SB), Regina (on the Application of) v Denbigh High School HL 22-Mar-2006
The student, a Muslim wished to wear a full Islamic dress, the jilbab, but this was not consistent with the school’s uniform policy. She complained that this interfered with her right to express her religion.
Held: The school’s appeal . .
Cited – Elias, Regina (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for Defence and Another Admn 7-Jul-2005
These lists may be incomplete.
Updated: 31 January 2021; Ref: scu.245978