National Park Authority clears Ringwood site of illegal caravans

The charles lane site before direct action was taken to clear the land web version

Published Wednesday 11 October 2017

Illegal caravans, equipment and a building have finally been cleared from a Ringwood site after the landowner failed to remove them despite being taken to court and fined.

Landowner Jenna Light appeared at Southampton Magistrates Court in June and pleaded guilty to failing to remove three caravans, a portable toilet, horsebox, trailer, carriage and a building at the site at Charles Lane, Crow, Ringwood, after two years of enforcement action and appeals.

At that time, Mrs Light, of Matchams Lane, Ringwood, was ordered to pay a £200 fine, £30 victim surchage and £2,000 costs. Following a further site meeting, she agreed with the National Park Authority to clear up the land by the end of July.

In the event, Mrs Light failed to clear the site as agreed and so the National Park Authority’s Planning Committee gave the go-ahead for direct action on 18 July and contractors cleared the land on 21 September 2017.

Leo Randall, Chairman of the National Park Authority’s Planning Committee, said: ‘This has been a long-running case over several years and a continuing blight on the landscape. We have taken this action as a last resort to secure compliance with an enforcement notice that has been upheld by our planning committee, an appeal inspector and the Magistrates Court.

‘The illegal use of this site was originally brought to our attention by neighbours in 2015 who objected to the land being used in this way. If we allowed planning laws to be flouted in a similar manner across the National Park it could cause long-term damage to this special landscape.’

The Charles Lane site after direct action was taken to clear the land

The Charles Lane site after direct action was taken to clear the land.

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Notes to Photo Editor: The Charles Lane site before direct action was taken to clear the land.

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