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The European Court of Human Rights this morning ruled against a Romany woman who was refused permission by South Ca...
The European Court of Human Rights this morning ruled against a Romany woman who was refused permission by South Cambridgeshire DC to live with her family in caravans on land that she owns, reported BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

June Buckley and her family have lived in the caravans for several years at the village of Willingham, near Cambridge. The local authority would not authorise the arrangement and fined her for ignoring an order to leave. She claimed that her human rights were being violated.

Mrs Buckley had turned down an offer of a place on an official site nearby on the grounds it was crime-ridden and unsuitable for her three children.

Last year the European Commission on Human Rights - in effect, a lower court - decided she had been prevented from following her traditional way of life as a gypsy, and that was a violation of her human rights. But the Court of Human Rights has disagreed, Today reported.

This was a test case over Britain's planning laws as applied to gypsies. There are several other cases waiting to be heard. Had June Buckley won, planning authorities and the government would have had to re-examine their policies which have led to the statistic that 90% of planning applications from gypsies fail while for everyone else eight out of 10 succeed.

Mrs Buckley's solicitor, Luke Clements, said there were some technical problems with the application. She had won in the commission by a majority. The court today had said unanimously there was a case to answer, but one technical grounds, by a majority, it said there had been no violation.

Mr Clements said Mrs Buckley would go to the Court of Appeal and could reissue her complaint to Europe if she failed there.

He added: 'The reality is there are about 20 more complaints by similar people in this country, many owning their land and finding it impossible to get permission. On the judgment today some of those are bound to succeed'.

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