Council victory for Colnbrook residents
Slough Borough Council has successful defended an appeal against a planning enforcement notice it served last November against Tanhouse Farm in Colnbrook.
The appeal took place last month as a public inquiry at the council’s offices and the enforcement notice, which has been upheld by the planning inspectorate, now seeks to clear unauthorised mechanical plant, machinery and other commercial items stored in an open field at Tan House Farm.
It means the council has secured the protection of this particularly sensitive green belt location for the benefit of the Colnbrook community, backed the council in this decision.
Slough’s planning enforcement service aims to continue protecting the environment and the amenities of the community.
Alan Mcmillen, interim head of planning and strategic policy, said: “Tan House Farm has been blighted by various unauthorised activities in the past and has caused much upset for residents.
“In welcoming the inspector’s decision, Slough’s planning enforcement service will work to ensure they comply with the enforcement notice.”
Commissioner for neighbourhoods and renewal, Cllr James Swindlehurst said: “This will be a very welcome ruling for local people, who have suffered as a result of this unauthorised use of a particularly sensitive piece of protected green belt land.
“We have stepped up enforcement work of this type across Slough to clamp down on inappropriate uses of land. While we endeavour to be fair in our approach we will not tolerate breaches of the rules, and where appropriate we will take enforcement action.”