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In the news:- Council decides against planning application

Council decides against planning application
08 September 2017

Basildon Council has decided against determining a planning application that sought retrospective planning permission for the change of use of land adjacent to ‘Jessomine’ in Hovefields Avenue, Wickford.

The land, which is subject to green belt restrictions, has until recently been used as a dog boarding kennels.

The application was for nine caravan pitches with associated parking and hardstanding.

Two Enforcement Notices were served in March this year to cease the unauthorised use of the site for stationing caravans and for occupants to reside in them. An appeal has been lodged against one of the notices, which will be decided in due course by the Planning Inspectorate.

Under planning law, the local planning authority can choose to decline to determine a retrospective planning application where planning enforcement notices exist. A change in the law allowing this discretion was made in 2011 with the intention of preventing retrospective planning applications from being used to delay enforcement action.