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ISSUE SORTED: Council resolves planning dispute over use of Chalfonts green belt land

 Published on: 12th August 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Green belt land in Chalfont St Peter that is owned by the Epilepsy Society has been at the centre of a recent planning dispute.

The situation between the tenants of the land, who remain unidentified, and Buckinghamshire Council (BC) has now been resolved.

BC first learned about misuse of the land three years ago. Following an investigation, it was found that the land, known as Skippings Farm House, was being used improperly for storing scaffolding, containers, aggregates, vehicles and building materials.

It was also discovered that unauthorised construction of soil mounds and hard surfaces, as well as waste dumping, was taking place.

Councillor Peter Strachan, BC’s cabinet member for planning and regeneration, said: “In July 2022, we issued a temporary stop order to halt the waste dumping.

“Then in October, we formally ordered all unauthorised activity to cease and the restoration of the land to its original condition. With no appeal, the notice took effect in December, requiring compliance within six months.

“Through working closely with the property owner and tenant, we’re pleased to share that the notice has now been complied with and the land cleared. This positive outcome demonstrates our commitment to protecting sensitive sites, including green belt land, across Buckinghamshire.”

The Epilepsy Society has been contacted for comment.

Photo Credit: Nigel Cox

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