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Bill Cash MP
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Bill Cash opposes gypsy pitch application in Gnosall

 Press release 19/08/2011

  
On behalf of my constituents I am gravely concerned and have objected to the planning application for the use of land at Radmore Lane in Gnosall for the stationing of caravans for a gypsy pitch. 
 
The application to build a gypsy caravan site on designated agricultural land at Sandybank in Gnosall is completely unacceptable to my constituents in Gnosall and is likely to cause concerns across a number of issues.
 
I have been aware that other neighbours have recently been denied planning permission to build on this land, so my constituents are concerned there cannot be sufficient grounds to allow the application on that basis.  
 
The application is due to be heard by Stafford Borough Council Planning Committee in the coming weeks and I welcome the move by councillors to call in this application and oppose it. 
 
At a parliamentary level, I have consistently campaigned against the Human Rights Act. When I was Shadow Attorney-General, I recommended, and the Conservative Party accepted, that we repeal the Human Rights Act, which incorporates the European Convention of Human Rights into UK law. I continue to campaign for the repeal of the Act. Travellers are accorded certain rights under the European Convention on Human Rights. It is widely noted, in general, that in cases where there is inadequate provision of authorised sites, the courts will consider certain rights under the European Convention on Human Rights and any consideration of Human Rights Act issues is a material consideration in the determination of a planning application.
 
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