n Stellenbosch Law Review = Stellenbosch Regstydskrif - Gypsies and Travellers in the United Kingdom : planning, housing and human rights in a changing legal regulatory framework

Volume 20, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1016-4359
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2193



Gypsies and Travellers comprise a tiny proportion of the population of the United Kingdom, but considerable public resources have been expended on controlling, regulating and accommodating them, with limited success. The issues that have arisen involve a wide array of specialist legal areas, which include land use planning, housing and homelessness, caravans and mobile homes, crime, antisocial behaviour and policing, and health, education and welfare. This article offers an overview of that body of law and regulation, from the Caravan Sites Act 1968 to the recent major review of law and policy. It then surveys the wealth of relevant case law that has emerged, particularly the introduction of human rights arguments over the last decade. The early effects of the review of law and policy since 2004 are focused mainly upon the issue of accommodation needs in the context of land use planning. Finally, some points of comparison are offered with the treatment of excluded social groups in other jurisdictions, particularly Israel / Palestine and apartheid-period South Africa.

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