Council enforcement decision upheld by Planning Inspector

Forest of Dean District Council’s decision to issue an enforcement notice for a breach of planning control at Yorkley Court Gate near Lydney (Ref APP/P1615/C/18/3194339) has been upheld by the Planning Inspectorate.

Mr Steve Turley constructed a dwelling on the site and extended outbuildings without planning permission; he also sited a static caravan – for residential use - on the plot.   Forest of Dean District Council served an enforcement notice in December 2017, instructing him to restore the site to its original condition before the planning breach took place, cease the use of the land for residential purposes, remove the static caravan, portable building and demolish the dwelling and concrete hard standings at the site. Mr Turley appealed the Notice.

While the Inspector acknowledged that the instruction to remove the hard standings was excessive, he upheld the Council’s other requests for demolition.

The decision has been welcomed by the Council.

Cllr Alan Grant, the Cabinet Member for planning policy issues, said,

“I am very pleased that the Inspector has endorsed the key elements in our enforcement notice.

We have planning controls for a good reason and we will not hesitate to use our powers to address any planning breaches that come to our attention.”

Cllr Philip Burford , the Chair of the Planning Committee, added:

“Our enforcement officers work hard to ensure compliance with the relevant planning laws for the benefit of the community at large.  This decision serves as a warning to anyone who decides to ignore the planning process and the message is clear: don’t spend a considerable amount of money and time on a building project in the knowledge that it does not have planning permission.”


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