Enforcement action

Spelthorne enforces planning breach to protect Green Belt land

Spelthorne Borough Council has taken enforcement action to clear Green Belt land at Thames Meadow, Shepperton under section 178 of the Town and County Planning Act 1990.

The action marks the end of a three and a half year long legal battle the land-owner has had with the Council since an Enforcement Notice was served on 21 September 2016 for "the unauthorised residential use of a boat, land and mooring and storage of vehicles, white goods, building materials, and general debris on Green Belt land without planning permission."

Mr Keith Dracup appealed against the Notice to the Planning Inspectorate and the High Court, but lost at both stages.

Spelthorne Council's Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, said: "We are very pleased that the courts have consistently ruled in our favour over this case. We take the protection of Green Belt very seriously and will actively pursue those who deliberately flout the rules."