Illegal mobile home will be removed by West Norfolk Council at cost of £40,000

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A mobile home looks set to be forcibly removed from an agricultural field at a cost of £40,000 to the Taxpayer after an eight-year legal wrangle.

A High Court judge has just lifted an injunction preventing West Norfolk Council, based in Lynn, from taking direct action to uphold an enforcement notice issued in 2006.

A report to Monday’s planning committee meeting said: “Implementation and execution of direct action to comply with part of the enforcement notice, the removal of the unauthorised park home, will now be carried out to remedy the ongoing breach of planning control.”

In 2006, the council issued an enforcement notice over the change of use of agricultural land for stationing of a ‘park home’ in the field in Broad End Road, Walsoken.

Rodney Wilson and Patt Wenn, owners of the site, then set about trying to get permission to retain the landscaped home they had created in the field, including a conservatory, boiler/utility room and decking.

Following an appeal, in 2011, the couple were granted permission for the siting of a mobile home for persons of gypsy status with additional tree planting, landscaping, access and gateway. But, the existing home does not meet the description of a caravan under that permission.

In 2012, the couple were refused permission to retain the existing home on the site and a subsequent appeal has now been refused.

The report estimates the cost of removing the home will be £38,200 plus VAT.