Brief caravan history in ruling
Jul 24 2012
A senior judge has written a brief history of the caravan after the Court of Appeal ruled on a planning dispute.
Lord Justice Rix added a five-line footnote to a written judgment, following a hearing in London, explaining the derivation of "caravan". He said "caravan" was derived from the Persian "karwan" and said its first meaning was a "company of merchants".
Three appeal judges had analysed a dispute - involving a planning authority and a mother-of-three living in a caravan on green-belt land in Waltham St Lawrence, Berkshire - which centred on the meaning of the word "caravan".
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