EHDC’s reinforced and tenacious enforcement team stops grain store breach

Tuesday, 26 July, 2022

East Hampshire District Council’s reinforced Planning Enforcement team has stepped in to stop construction of a grain store which was missing important drainage work.

Officers served a Temporary Stop Notice on the site in Colt House Lane, Upper Froyle, after owners failed to carry out drainage work stipulated as a condition of planning permission.

In the last few months EHDC has taken a stance to tackle developers and take decisive enforcement action to those that do not stick to approved plans.

When officers visited the site in May, the owners admitted knowing they were in breach of planning permission but believed the benefits of beginning the work outweighed the risks.

Cllr Richard Millard, the Leader of EHDC, said: “We have made it clear that we are going to be tough on developers who break the rules.

“We have invested in the team to give it the teeth it needs to take action when there are clear planning breaches.

“Developers need to know now that if they break the rules then we will investigate and bring them to book.

“I am delighted with the work of the Planning Enforcement team in this case, and it should serve as a warning to other potential developers who don’t toe the line.”

The Temporary Stop Notice means all work on the site should cease for 28 days until the drainage work has been completed and the planning condition discharged.