Court extends injunction at Wheatsheaf Hill for six months

Published Tuesday, 3 August 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 for a further six months.

The news follows the granting of the injunction in June, with this injunction then extended in July and the latest extension following court action yesterday. 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, “It is positive news that the courts have again extended the injunction.  This continues to be a serious legal matter, which is complex in nature, with public interest as well.  The council remains committed to taking action where needed, in a methodical way and within the law, to protect green belt land, which remains a long stated objective.  We will therefore continue to monitor activity at the site and gather evidence where appropriate.”

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.

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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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