National Park Authority takes tough stance on illegal mobile homes

Published Wednesday 23 April 2008

The New Forest National Park Authority is taking a tough stance on illegal mobile homes on private land in the National Park.

In the past two months the National Park Authority has won two successful court cases after residents flouted enforcement notices by not removing unauthorised mobile homes from their land.

In a case in Sway, the two defendants were ordered to pay a total of £800 in fines and court costs, after they sited a residential mobile home on agricultural land without planning permission, and then failed to comply with an enforcement notice which required the removal of the mobile home.

In Landford the defendants were prosecuted for breaching an enforcement notice which required them to remove an unauthorised mobile home from their land in Latchmore Drove; it should have been removed by the end of August 2006. The court took a clear view that the defendants had continually failed to comply with the enforcement notice, despite repeated warnings from the National Park’s enforcement team. The defendants were fined £6,000 in fines and court costs.

Sandy Tolmay, Senior Enforcement Officer, said: ‘Both these cases illustrate that we take a strong stance against illegal dwellings in the New Forest National Park.

‘Failing to comply with the requirements of an enforcement notice is a very serious matter. The public’s confidence in the planning system is quickly undermined if we fail to intervene in such cases.  The Authority has recently enhanced its enforcement role with the appointment of a compliance officer and it will continue to make sure that the requirements of all enforcement notices are fully met.’

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Media contact:

Karen Evans, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646650

Email: karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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