Ipswich and Yorkshire councils lose asylum hotels legal fight

Two English councils have failed in attempts to block asylum seekers from being relocated to large hotels in their areas.

In a judgment published on Friday, the High Court said that neither had shown there was a legal case to prevent the Home Office’s contractors from using hotel accommodation.

Ipswich Borough Council and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council had both argued that hotels were being converted to hostels, in breach of their local planning controls.

They wanted judges to block the hotels from receiving asylum seekers ahead of a potential full examination of complex planning law questions.

The councils’ failure to win their injunctions is likely to influence other local authorities, who have complained about the Home Office’s relocation policies.

Earlier this week, the High Court heard that the Ipswich Novotel, the town’s largest hotel, and the Humber View Hotel, in North Ferriby, near Hull, had been contracted in recent weeks to provide accommodation under the Home…

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