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Discrimination in the green belt

A case about the treatment of planning appeals relating to gypsy and traveller sites in the green belt raises important public law principles, says David Graham

23 February 2015

On 21 January 2015,
Mr Justice Gilbart found that the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, the minister responsible for integration
of minorities, had unlawfully discriminated against gypsies and travellers.

In Moore and Coates v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2015] EWHC 44 (Admin), the claimants were each Romany gypsies who had applied for, and been refused, permission to pitch a single mobile home on two separate sites in the green belt.

Planning permission

Planning permission is required for building, engineering,
or similar operations on land,
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