Couple are ordered to demolish buildings

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 August 2012

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A WESTON husband and wife have been ordered to demolish eight buildings and dismantle two chalets that have been used as homes - which one councillor has called ‘an escalation of development.’

Kelvin and Janet Glimstead lost four separate appeals against notices from North Somerset Council to restore the land back to its original use - for storage and agriculture - and Mr Glimstead solely lost a further three.

The authority told the couple they had to pull down all of the washing and leisure facilities on the land next to Weston Road in Hewish, and demolish eight buildings which had been built without planning permission.

Mr Glimstead was ordered to dismantle two former caravans which had been modified – one which had also been lived-in by his son.

The council also refused a planning application submitted by the landowner for a caravan site on the same land which would hold 15 vehicle homes.

During the planning inquiry into the dispute, which was held on June 20-22, Mr Glimstead said: “Since the notice I have removed a number of buildings, but some are allowed to remain. In the past an inspector did not see it as unlawful.”

The landowner also said the council ‘brought the situation on itself’ because the allegation in the enforcement notice was not precise.

Despite Mr and Mrs Glimstead appealing all seven enforcement notices, they were dismissed by Graham Dudley from the Planning Inspectorate and the couple have three months to comply with the notices.

The council has also been awarded costs by the body for the ‘wasted expense’ incurred with the preparation for the inquiry.

In response to this decision Councillor Ian Porter, who is also chairman of the planning and regulatory committee, said: “There is just an escalation of development on the site without planning permission, hence why the enforcement team jumped in.

“At the end of the day I’m very supportive of businesses in the North Somerset and we are proving we are moving in the right direction with people who put applications in for development and those who made the criteria.

“There is just a process to go through and Mr Glimstead did not adhere to it.”


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