It was branded "The Battle of Dale Farm". Pictures of police in riot gear clearing Europe's biggest illegal site for travellers were seen around the world.
Basildon Council in Essex had spent years to achieve the eviction and reckoned the final bill was £18m.
So why, just 16 months later, has that same council just approved a new travellers' camp less than half a mile away? Rags Martel reports.
Basildon Council has approved a new travellers' camp just 16 months after completing a multi-million pound eviction from the notorious Dale Farm site.
The new camp is less than half a mile away from the farm that was cleared after a very public fight by local residents.
Cllr Tony Ball, the Leader of Basildon Council, told ITV News that each planning application was considered on its individual merits.
Rags Martel has the details.