Notice served after holiday chalet illegally lived in

Published Friday 23 January 2015

An enforcement notice has been issued to the owners of a holiday chalet after it was found to be illegally lived in.

Harborough District Council received a number of complaints alleging the unauthorised use of a building on the Astley Grange Farm complex in Back Lane, East Langton.

It was alleged that the building was being used as someone’s main residence, contrary to planning conditions that restrict the use of the building for use only as a holiday let.

Council enforcement officers attempted a number of visits to the site to investigate the allegations of a breach, but on each occasion were refused access to the building by the owners.

In December 2014, officers were successful in securing a warrant of entry from Leicestershire Magistrates’ Court.

With the support of the local police, the Council’s enforcement officers were able to execute the warrant and gain entry into the building. Officers were able to find sufficient evidence to show a breach of planning control had taken place.

A Breach of Condition Notice has now been served on all parties responsible ordering them to comply with planning conditions.

Cllr Phil King, Harborough District Council’s portfolio holder for planning enforcement said: "This notice shows that breaches of this nature are taken very seriously and that we will work with the police and courts, if required, to ensure planning laws are adhered to."