Chalet residents to be supported through process if forced to leave their home

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

Any residents forced to leave their homes as a result of enforcement action by Tendring District Council (TDC) on year-round chalets will be given advice or support to find other accommodation.

The commitment was made during a full Council meeting on Tuesday, May 15.

TDC has served 67 Enforcement Notices on chalets in Point Clear Bay during 2017-18, and investigations are ongoing with some other properties.

The Council is enforcing the principle that these homes are not lived in all year round as part of its commitment to residents’ safety, over concerns about the flood risk to the area and the ability of the chalet design to cope with such an event.

Around 50 of the notices have been appealed, and a Planning Inspector is due to hear the cases jointly during a hearing in the Autumn.

Responding to a question posed at the Council meeting Fred Nicholls, Cabinet Member for Corporate Enforcement, said much rested on the outcome of the public inquiry later this year.

“Should the appeal decision uphold the Council position then there would be a commitment from the Council to support residents through any transition needed and that action taken would be within a reasonable timescale,” he said.

“Individual circumstances will determine priority need and as such I feel it would be inappropriate to make any blanket statement as regards housing support or otherwise. It would be a case of evaluating each case on its merits.”

Last updated on: 17/05/2018 - 14:31