Court injunction re Wheatsheaf Hill extended

Published Friday, 2 July 2021

An injunction forbidding any development work associated with the stationing of any mobile home or caravan taking place in a green belt field in Halstead has been extended.

The news extending the period of the injunction until the first available hearing date after 30 July follows further legal action today and previous action last month.  The granting of the injunction followed activities at the site which have included clearing the field of vegetation and the stationing of six mobile homes within the field.  The injunction covers the Land at the junction of Sevenoaks Road and Wheatsheaf Hill Halstead.  Breaching the order could result in the defendant being found guilty of contempt of court and may be sent to prison or fined.

A Bromley Council spokesperson said, “The council is committed to protecting green belt land and will always look to take action where needed.  We must and will always follow the identified legal processes to do this and following the granting of the injunction last month, we are continuing to monitor activity at the field.  We will bring matters to the attention of the courts when it is right to do so, where we will need to follow the legal processes.” 

The injunction forbids the defendant from:

  • Stationing or causing to be stationed any mobile homes, caravans, buildings structures or fences, whether portable or otherwise
  • Using or permitting the use of the six mobile homes present for residential purposes without the express grant of planning permission
  • Carrying out any further works to prepare the land for the stationing of mobile homes or caravans
  • Undertaking any development on the site, including the laying of hardcore and creation of hardstandings and/or access roads

The gathering of evidence for possible further proceedings is continuing, which would be the subject of separate legal action.

ENDS

Editor’s notes:  Allegations concerning the unauthorised depositing of waste, at the site are being investigated by the Environment Agency, who is the regulatory body.

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