Council continues to tackle unauthorised development in North Devon

The building which will be removed.

Posted on: 10 October 2019

North Devon Council is continuing to tackle unauthorised development across the district following a successful court case.

Council officers attended Barnstaple County Court on Monday (7 October) where they obtained an injunction against Mr Kevin Watts and Mrs Stanice Watts of Valle Vue, Burrington, Umberleigh for failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice. The notice was issued on 12 June 2014 following the construction of an agricultural building without planning permission on the land.

The injunction requires the removal of the agricultural building from the land by 7 November 2020 including all debris and rubbish resulting from its removal and the restoration of the land to its former agricultural condition. The defendants were also ordered to pay the council’s costs of £6,561.70.

Lead Member for Economic Development and Strategic Planning Policy, Councillor Malcolm Prowse, says: “It’s really important to talk to us and discuss any plans for development before starting work. This case highlights the costs that can be experienced when someone builds without obtaining the correct planning permission and then fails to comply with a planning enforcement notice.”

The court case follows an unsuccessful appeal by the defendants to the Planning Inspectorate who also refused retrospective planning permission for the development in February 2016.

The Council offers a pre-application advice service providing anybody considering development within the North Devon district with the opportunity to discuss their plans with a planning officer before submitting a planning application. Information about the service is available on the planning pages of the council website.

Information about planning enforcement including how to report a concern, the enforcement process in North Devon and notices issued, is also available on the website.

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