Council issues stop notice to development work

Published Wednesday 20 November 2019

A developer at a site on Burnmill Farm is facing enforcement action following a breach of planning and complaints from neighbours.

Harborough District Council has issued a temporary stop notice to David Wilson Homes, ordering them to cease the use of a farm access track to access the development work on the land at Burnmill Farm, off Kingston Way in Market Harborough, where 128 new homes are being built.

An enforcement officer visited the site on Wednesday 20 November 2019 and issued the temporary stop notice in connection with unauthorised use of the farm access track and to prevent harm to nearby residential amenity and harm to endangered species, such as Great Crested Newts, which are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Temporary stop notices can be used by local planning authorities to act very quickly to address breaches of planning control, such as unauthorised activities.

David Wilson Homes must now cease to use the unauthorised route.

Failure to comply could result in prosecution in the Magistrates’ Court and a maximum penalty of £20,000.

A Council spokesperson said: “Harborough District Council can confirm that it has now served a temporary stop notice on 20 November 2019 relating to land at Burnmill Farm. We take planning breaches very seriously and if developers fail to comply with planning regulations then enforcement action will follow.”