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Date published: 5th December 2016

North Norfolk District Council will take enforcement action to remove all caravans used as residential use at Felicity Field in Happisburgh from 7 January 2017.

Mrs Bryony Nierop-Reading had requested that the Council extended the period of time she could live in the caravans until the end of April next year.

However given that it is nearly two years since the Council originally served the Enforcement Notice, and the fact that the notice was upheld by the Planning Inspector, the Council is not prepared to agree to an extension to 30 April 2017.

Cllr Judy Oliver, Cabinet Member for Legal Services said: “The Council has a duty to uphold the law and it will enforce in cases such as this, unless there are exceptional reasons why it should not. In this instance there are no such exceptional reasons. 

“The Council has taken time over the past year to review carefully its enforcement policy. It has recently published a revised version of that policy making it clear that the Council will always take appropriate action for breach of planning requirements - and it will do so, not least, because other people are often adversely affected. In this case, it would be unfair to the residents of Happisburgh - who have had to live with this situation for nearly two years - not to take action.”

Brief History:

  • 23 Jan 2015 – Enforcement Notice issued – taking effect from 18 Feb 2015 – gave 6 months to comply with the notice and remove all caravans used for residential purposes and cease to use the land for residential purposes;
  • 10 December 2015 – Planning Inspector considers an appeal and upholds the Enforcement Notice, extending the period of compliance to 12 months – giving a new compliance date of 10 December 2016
  • 30 November 2016 – North Norfolk District Council decides to enforce the Enforcement Notice – and given the time of year allows a 28 days for Mrs Neirop-Reading to comply with the notice.

Last updated: 24th January 2017