Council acts swiftly to prevent unsuitable development

An unsuitable development on the outskirts of a picturesque village in South Northamptonshire, has been prevented after confirmation of a High Court injunction today, Monday 20 April.

Published: Monday, 20th April 2020

Just before Easter, South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) sought the injunction to prevent works being carried out on land just off the A508 near Yardley Gobion.

Cllr Phil Bignell, SNC’s deputy leader and portfolio holder for planning, said: “We’d like to acknowledge the work of our planning enforcement team in securing a permanent injunction to prevent development on a plot of land in Yardley Gobion, where the previous planning application had been rejected, but where we had good reason to suspect that development work was imminent.

“The team successfully sought a temporary injunction from the High Court immediately before Easter and have now succeeded in securing an ongoing injunction.

“This should protect the village from an entirely unsuitable development.

“Should any works commence, we’ll now be able to take prompt and decisive action, supported by the police, rather than have to wait for the matter to drag through lengthy processes.

“We are all under a lot of pressure because of the coronavirus pandemic, but this is a superb example of our staff keeping their eye on the ball and keeping essential public services operating smoothly."

Among other reasons the SNC Planning Committee refused planning permission on the site in July 2017 on the basis it was an unacceptable intrusion into the open countryside and that the application did not include safe access to and from the A508.