R (on the application of Moore and another) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Equality and Human Rights Commision intervening)

Town and country planning – Appeal to Minister against refusal of permission for development. The case involved a challenge to the way the defendant Secretary of State recovered appeals relating to travellers' pitches in the Green Belt. The Planning Court upheld the claimants' challenges based on breaches of ss 19 and 149 of the Equality Act 2010, as the Secretary of State had taken no steps to address unlawful discrimination and had had no regard to the public sector equality duty. Their challenge under art 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights succeeded because of the substantial delays that had occurred in the claimants' cases. Accordingly, the Secretary of State's recovery of their cases would be quashed.

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