I know if I tried to build an unapproved extension, I'd have the council around in a month or two. "Vanessa Redgrave, who was in the courtroom, said considerations about the greenbelt and traffic had been put above human rights" What about the law the rest of us abide by? After speaking to others on the web, I found the answer. Local authorities are attempting to criminalise a way of life. In the past it was normal to give travellers planning permission. You are correct the withdrawal of planning rights has effectively made them trespassers, but what do you expect them to do if councils deny them any place to settle (which is very much a new phenomenon) and drive them out of their homes? Rip their own communities apart and live in apartments scattered across the area?