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Man fined for putting his mobile home on green belt land near Selby

Man fined for putting his mobile home on green belt land near Selby

1:46pm 11th November 2010

Selby District Council has taken successful legal action to prevent development in the green belt at Byram, in a case heard at Selby Magistrates Court on Tuesday 9th November.

27 year old Danny Smith of The Sycamores, Byram cum Sutton, pleaded guilty to contravening a 'temporary stop notice' from the Council's planning enforcement team, after a mobile home was brought onto his land without planning permission. 

The temporary stop notice was issued under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, in an attempt to stop the home being unloaded from its carrier.
Smith has been given a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay the Council's costs of £2,760.

The court heard that a Selby District Council planning enforcement officer had visited Smith's land and saw the mobile home on the back of a trailer.  Despite being told that it was an offence to bring the home onto the site because of the notice which was in force, the defendant allowed it to be moved into place.

In mitigation, the court was told that Smith had bought the land with his brother, with the intention of them both moving there with their families.  The mobile home belonged to Smith's brother and, it was claimed, Smith had no direct control to prevent the mobile home being brought onto the site as his brother was not there at the time.

Chair of Selby District Council's Planning Committee, Cllr John Mackman, said:

"Planning enforcement is an integral part of the planning control process which requires both planning and legal professionalism, as displayed by the officers dealing with this difficult case.

"Enforcement work, by its very nature, requires painstaking investigation and a determination to succeed often in difficult and challenging circumstances.  This dedicated 'back room' work often goes unnoticed until a case reaches the court, but its importance in protecting local communities cannot be underestimated.

"Selby District Council has a duty to protect the green belt and to ensure that development in the district takes place in a measured way to help protect the local environment and support our communities.  Unauthorised development in the countryside without planning permission, or failure to abide by legal notices to prevent further development will continue to be pursued by the Council through the courts."

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