Council tackles unauthorised development on agricultural land
Posted on: 9 December 2019
North Devon Council is tackling unauthorised development across the district following a successful court case for the misuse of agricultural land.
Council officers attended Barnstaple County Court on Thursday (5 December) where they obtained an injunction against Mr Garry Braund and Ms Tina Thorne of Honey Hill, opposite Collard Bridge, Snapper, Barnstaple for failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice. The notice was issued on 17 November 2016 following the creation of an unauthorised access and the siting and residential use of a Dodge Bus and touring caravan, together with the erection of three sheds on the land without planning permission.
The injunction requires Mr Braund and Ms Thorne to cease the residential use of the land and remove the bus, caravan and sheds before closing up the access and restoring the land to its former agricultural condition by no later than 17 November 2020.
Head of Place at North Devon Council, Michael Tichford, says: “Our officers work hard to maintain the environment of North Devon and make sure any development within the district is carried out in the proper way, this is achieved through the planning process. Anybody who is considering development of any type should speak to us first so we can advise the route they need to take. As highlighted with this case, not having the proper permissions in place for what you would like to do can be both costly and time consuming.”
The court case follows an unsuccessful appeal by the defendants to the Planning Inspectorate who also refused retrospective planning permission for the unauthorised development in August 2017.
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.Posted in: Planning