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In the news:- Councillors authorise further action to tackle planning breaches on Hovefields site

Councillors authorise further action to tackle planning breaches on Hovefields site
29 December 2017

Councillors have backed a plan of action that gives the green light to council officers to pursue all practical and lawful enforcement actions, including direct action, to tackle unlawful development of a parcel of green belt land west of Hovefields Avenue in Wickford.

Councillors from all parties represented at the planning meeting on 19 December unanimously backed the recommendations put before them. Their decision allows all possible powers to be used when the time is right, so that the council’s actions can be made to stick.

A piece of land just to the north of this site has been unlawfully developed. The owner of this plot is trying to get a judicial review of the council’s decision to decline to determine their application to permit the development of the land for six caravans. A Court of Appeal decision is awaited.

Cllr Adele Brown, Chairman of Basildon Council’s Planning Committee, said: “While the planning breaches are clear to all, resolving them within the law as it stands is a complex matter. The council must act in a reasonable and proportionate manner. That’s why it is essential that the outcome of high court proceedings are known before decisions can be taken with the most up-to-date information at hand.”

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