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Arlingham landowner guilty of planning breaches

Words: Laura Edgar
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A landowner has been found guilty of breaching a planning enforcement notice for two buildings he did not take down and which were built without planning permission on his farm in Arlingham.

Cheltenham Magistrates Court heard that a concrete office building and a large metal barn were built on what had been green field land with permission from Stroud District Council.

A repair business for large lorries was being run from the site, while a paint spraying enterprise was being operated from inside a building on the site too.

In court on 2 July, David Turner, owner of Lower Milton End Farm, Arlingham, denied that he had breached the enforcement notice.

Magistrates heard through residents’ concerns expressed in 2014 about large lorries that were negotiating the narrow lanes leading up to the farm. This led to an investigation by the district council.

The farm has permission for mixed agricultural use and bus storage, but not for the repair and paint spraying business, the office or metal barn.

Although discussions took place between the district council and Turner, the unlawful business continued and the buildings remained in place. In 2016, the council issued a planning enforcement notice, which required Turner to take down the buildings and cease the lorry repairs and paint spraying operations.

The court found Turner guilty of breaching the enforcement notice. He was fined £1,760, and ordered to pay costs of £4,220.90 and a victim surcharge of £170.

Ian Mallinson, senior planning enforcement officer at Stroud District Council, said: ““The council will always try to work with landowners to ensure planning law is complied with.

“Enforcement action such as that taken in this case is a means of last resort but we will robustly pursue those who flout planning legislation as necessary.”

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