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Travellers suffer defeat

PUBLISHED: 14:46 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 15:39 16 August 2010

TRAVELLERS who claimed to have been racially discriminated against when they were refused permission to stay on a green belt site have lost their appeal.

TRAVELLERS who claimed to have been racially discriminated against when they were refused permission to stay on a green belt site have lost their appeal.

Mark Baker, Lucy Owen, Pamela Maughn, Debbie Ross and Anita Ross claimed they were being discriminated against when Bromley council refused permission for them to live in mobile homes at Waldens Farm, in Crockenhill Road, Orpington.

Last Friday they lost an appeal claiming that as Irish travellers they were protected by the Race Relations Act 1976.

Bromley council refused the Travellers' application in October 2005 and an appeal was rejected by a planning inspector in November 2006.

At the Court of Appeal hearing, Lord Justice Dyson ruled the planning inspector had been "alive to the plight of gipsies and travellers" and rejected the claim.

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