Council issues second batch of enforcement notices to chalet owners at Point Clear Bay

Wednesday, 11 October, 2017

Enforcement notices have been issued to a further 13 owners and occupiers of chalets in Point Clear Bay over the unauthorised use of their holiday homes in the winter.

Notices were hand delivered today and concern a breach of condition of planning permissions.

Tendring District Council (TDC) issued 36 notices in August - and this time it involved more than 40.

TDC (TDC) has been gathering evidence over a period of time that the properties _ which are all in a high risk flood zone - are being used when the restriction is in force.

It is believed that the chalets are being lived in all year round, which breaches the condition preventing residential use during the winter months.

Some properties won the right at appeal to be used at winter weekends and over the Christmas period – but it did not allow the entire winter.

Fred Nicholls, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Enforcement, said that the residents involved will be aware they are in breach.

“Some of the latest owners and occupiers will have been served with Breach of Condition Notices in 2012 while other will have received them at various dates in the past,” he said.

“The Council has made it clear that it has been gathering information and evidence and considering taking action against those who are in breach.”

The latest batch of enforcement notices will take effect from November 14 and people will then have three months to comply.

There is the opportunity for owners and occupiers to appeal and they need to do that to the Planning Inspectorate before November 14.

Cllr Nicholls said the Council is committed to taking this enforcement action as a positive and proactive approach to ensure community safety.

Most of the chalets were built around 1959 and were made subject to the planning restrictions preventing all year round use.

Cllr Nicholls added that further action may follow against other chalets, should breaches of planning control be discovered during the 2017/2018 winter season.

TDC Leader Neil Stock has offered to meet with residents affected by the notices and that will take place on November 20. It will also include officers and Ward Councillors.

 

Last updated on: 11/10/2017 - 10:06