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News in brief: Court fines Colden man for planning breach; Land with planning sold in Lincolnshire

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 26 November, 2019

Court fines Colden man for planning breach

Bradford Magistrates’ Court has fined a Calderdale resident £1,000 for breaching an enforcement notice that required the removal of scrap vehicles from land in Colden, Hebden Bridge.

Michael Czabaniuk, of High House Farm, Colden, was also found to be storing building materials and other plant, vehicles and machinery on agricultural land, without first applying for permission to change the use of the land.

He appeared at Bradford Magistrates’ Court earlier this month (November), where he pleaded guilty to the offence of failing to comply with an enforcement notice, which was served for an unauthorised change of use of the land.

Planning enforcement officers from Calderdale Council visited the site on several occasions in 2018 and advised Czabaniuk that he needed to remove the materials. Officers returned in February 2019 and found that the storage was continuing.

The matter was then referred to court. Czabaniuk was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,312 and a victim surcharge of £100.


Land with planning sold in Lincolnshire

Developer Minster Property Group has purchased a nine-acre site that has planning permission in a south Lincolnshire village.

The land, off Malting Lane near Donington, has permission for 73 homes, a quarter of which would be affordable or below market value.

Fisher German’s rural team secured the planning permission on behalf of its client, CEMEX UK Operations Ltd, a building materials company.


Contract awarded for Hornsea Two

Offshore wind specialist EEW Group has contracted Cheshire-based Hutchinson Engineering Ltd for the fabrication and on-site assembly of 30 suspended internal platforms (SIPs) for Hornsea Two offshore wind farm.

The SIPs are highly complex steel components (each weighs 10 tonnes and is 12 metres high) that will be suspended inside the bright yellow transition pieces that form part of the foundations for offshore wind turbines.

Once completed, Hornsea Two will be the UK’s largest offshore wind farm with enough installed capacity to generate clean electricity for more than 1.3 million homes.


Retrospective planning secured for log cabins

Luxury glamping franchise TinyWood Homes has been granted retrospective planning permission for six log cabins to be used as tourist accommodation at its Warwickshire site.

The permission was secured by Roythornes Solicitors and Grace Machin Planning & Property.  

The firms explained that Roythornes produced the statutory declarations that proved that the previous and existing use of the land was for tourist accommodation. Grace Machin produced a full policy justification statement that set out matters relating to the site’s history, local and national planning policy and the wider economic benefits.


IBIS hotel extension to be built in East London

Newham London Borough Council has granted hotel investor, owner and operator Accor Invest permission for a major rooftop extension to the IBIS Stratford Hotel in East London.

The extension will see three additional storeys added to the existing four-storey structure, increasing the room count by 77 to 185 rooms. The approved development also includes alterations to the façade and the creation of a new active frontage.

The extension was designed by architect Leach Rhodes Walker.

Work on the extension will begin in the first quarter of 2020.


Planner elected fellow of Ghana planning institute

Clive Harridge, the secretary-general of the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP) and RTPI past president, has been elected honorary fellow of the Ghana Institute of Planners (GIP).

The awards ceremony took place during the 50th anniversary conference of GIP in Accra, where Harridge was representing CAP at the event. He was announcing the winners of the 2019 CAP Awards for Outstanding Planning Achievement in the Commonwealth.  

Harridge said: “I am hugely proud to receive this award, which is a great honour. As well as being a founder member of CAP, GIP is one of the leading planning associations in Africa and I am privileged to receive this award from such an eminent organisation.”


Neighbourhood plan in East Devon approved

East Devon District Council has backed the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan following a resolution at a meeting of the cabinet.

It will sit alongside the council’s local plan and has become part of the development plan for East Devon and will be used to determine planning applications for the Sidmouth area.  

Sidmouth Town Council produced the neighbourhood plan alongside the community and it received support from 90 per cent of voters when it was considered at a referendum in September.

The Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan is the 17th neighbourhood plan to be adopted in East Devon, taking neighbourhood plan coverage to over 50 per cent of the total district population.

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