Direct action authorised for untidy site

Published Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Ongoing problems with severely out of control garden vegetation and a collapsed roof on the extension of a private property near Bromley Common, has resulted in direct action being authorised.

Since 2014, numerous attempts have been made to contact the owner to resolve the issues but all have been unsuccessful. S215 Untidy Site Notices have since been issued by the council regarding the property in Lower Gravel Road, giving the owner the opportunity to rectify the situation and carry out the work requested. Concerns that the condition of the private property could have a negative impact on the amenity of the area led to Thursday’s Plans Sub-Committee agreeing the unusual option to take direct action if necessary, as a last resort.

Bromley Council takes planning enforcement extremely seriously, whether it’s a developer in breach or an individual. Since the matter first came to our attention in 2014, we’ve tried to contact the owner many times to remedy the situation. Now S215 Untidy Site Notices have been issued to give them another chance to put things right. If they don’t comply, we could prosecute but now we also have the option of taking matters into our own hands to get the job done at the landowner’s expense” said Councillor Alexa Michael, Chairman, Development Control Committee and Chairman of Plans Sub-Committee 1.

Since September 2014, the council has received complaints regarding overgrown vegetation to the front and rear gardens of the two-storey private semi-detached house. S215 Untidy Site Notices have been issued requesting the owner to cut back, trim and remove the clippings. A further S215 notice had been issued to rectify the collapsed roof on the rear extension of the property.

By issuing S215 Untidy Site Notices the owner has the opportunity to resolve the problems and carry out the work requested. The council can, under the direct action option, employ a contractor to tidy the front and rear gardens and make repairs to the single-storey rear extension and recover costs from the owner including registering a charge against the land, if necessary.

To date, there has been no attempt by the owner to contact the council or correct the issues raised in the untidy site notices.


Editor's notes:   

  • The council’s Plans Sub-Committee meeting was held on Thursday 14 June 2018.
  • Direct action is always a last resort and the Council may decide to take other measures if appropriate, such as contacting the landowner to resolve or issue an Untidy Site Notice under Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
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