02:49PM, Thursday 12 May 2016
The decision by the Court of Appeal to dismiss an appeal made by the occupiers of an unauthorised traveller site in Shurlock Road has been called an ‘important step’ by the council.
The occupiers, who moved onto the site in 2009, were appealing against the decision of the High Court to refuse their application for a judicial review.
The occupiers moved on to the greenbelt land in December 2009 without planning permission.
The Royal Borough obtained an injunction and issued an enforcement notice. The occupiers were given until February 2013 to comply with the notice. After they failed to comply, the council resolved to remove them from the site.
This action was halted after the occupiers applied for an injunction pending determination of permission for a judicial review.
The application for judicial review was refused by a High Court judge in January last year.
Cllr Derek Wilson, cabinet member for planning, said: “We are delighted with this judgment which is an important step as it sees the Court of Appeal upholding the council’s decision to take direct action.
“We will continue to follow the correct procedures to ensure that this unauthorised occupation of greenbelt land is ended and the site returned to its original condition.”
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