South Cambridgeshire District Council v Persons Unknown: CA 17 Sep 2004

The council appealed refusal of an order against persons unknown with regard to preventing breaches of planning control at a specific site.
Held: An injunction could properly be granted against persons unknown ‘causing or permitting hardcore to be deposited, caravans, mobile homes or other forms of residential accommodation to be stationed, or existing caravans or other mobile homes to be occupied on land’ adjacent to a gypsy encampment in rural Cambridgeshire. The land adjoined a gipsy caravan site. The council had refused applications to allow infill development between such sites. The courts powers had clearly developed sufficiently to make an order of the kind sought in this kind of situation. Brooke LJ commented: ‘There was some difficulty in times gone by against obtaining relief against persons unknown, but over the years that problem has been remedied either by statute or by rule.’


Brooke and Clarke LJJ


[2004] EWCA Civ 1280, Times 11-Nov-2004




England and Wales


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Planning, Environment, Litigation Practice

Updated: 15 July 2022; Ref: scu.216385