High Court orders Sway couple to remove mobile home

Published Thursday 17 May 2012

A Sway couple who defied New Forest National Park planning authorities for seven years have been ordered to remove their mobile home following a High Court Injunction.

The National Park Authority said it regretfully had no other choice but to take the case against Anthony Ward and Sarah Moore to the High Court after they had continued to live in the illegal accommodation at Oak Lea Farm, Agars Lane.

The High Court injunction followed years of action including a retrospective planning application being refused and two prosecutions for failing to comply with an Enforcement Notice.

The Deputy High Court Judge sitting at Winchester on 3 May also awarded over £10,200 in costs to the National Park Authority.

In his judgement, Judge Iain Hughes said: ‘...It is also clear from the evidence that the defendants to date made no attempt whatsoever to obtain re-housing, or assistance with re-housing from the local authority.’

Pat Wyeth, Chairman of the NPA’s Planning Committee, said: ‘This couple put us in the unfortunate position of having to take out this Injunction as they left us no other option after failing to respond to conventional enforcement measures.

‘This ruling sends a clear message that it is unacceptable to ignore the planning authorities and the rule of law which is in the wider public interest as we cannot allow precedents like this to be set.

‘We are pleased that the judge also saw fit to award costs as this Injunction alone has been extremely costly, aside from the previous legal action and the officer’s time over many years.’


About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free.

Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Media Contacts:
Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608 Mob: 07850143528
Email: hilary.makin@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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