Colney Heath traveller family's appeal bid rejected
PUBLISHED: 15:00 07 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:44 06 May 2010
TRAVELLER Peter Robb, who has been a thorn in the side of a parish council for years, has had an application for an appeal against the latest ruling against him turned down. Mr Robb and his family live on Nuckies Farm in Colney Heath which they moved on t
TRAVELLER Peter Robb, who has been a thorn in the side of a parish council for years, has had an application for an appeal against the latest ruling against him turned down.
Mr Robb and his family live on Nuckies Farm in Colney Heath which they moved on to in 2000.
Last September a planning inspector's decision to allow Mr Robb to remain on Nuckies Farm for a temporary five-year period was overturned by the-then Secretary of State Hazel Blears
It followed Colney Heath parish council's decision to seek a Judicial Review into the outcome of an earlier public inquiry which had allowed Mr Robb to stay on Nuckies Farm for a further five years.
Mr Robb sought leave to appeal against the latest decision but this week the parish council heard that the application had been refused.
It means that there is nowhere else that Mr Robb can appeal the decision in this country.
Parish, district and county councillor Chris Brazier said this week: "That is the end of it. As far as the British courts are concerned, that is final."
He added: "I am delighted that the Court of Appeal has upheld our representations."
Cllr Brazier also thanked Debenham/Ottaways for their help with the case.
Mr Robb has been subject of numerous enforcement notices since he first moved on to Nuckies Farm and even served a 28-day jail sentence for defying a High Court injunction ordering him off the site.
One of the main concerns was the site's Green Belt location and the fact that its position on the flood plain could impact on houses further down the river.
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