Council serves injunction on unlawful caravans at Drudgeon Farm
Last Updated: 27 Jan 2020 8:58am
Dartford Borough Council (DBC) has successfully applied for an injunction to prevent any further unlawful development at a key green belt site in the village of Bean.
Last weekend villagers reported the arrival of a number of caravans and vehicles at Drudgeon Farm and within hours a hard standing and roadway had been constructed contrary to the Council’s planning regulations. DBC took the unusual step of requesting an emergency hearing and is delighted to confirm that the Honourable Justice Bryan granted a full injunction at the High Court of Justice (Queen’s Bench Division) on the 12th September 2019.
The occupiers of the site and others who may have followed now face arrest and imprisonment if they breach the terms of the injunction. This prevents bringing any further structures or vehicles onto the land or carrying out any further works. A Council spokesperson said, “We are simply not willing to have a two tiered planning system that sees ordinary residents take time and money to complete developments responsibly whilst some feel that they can simply ride roughshod over the national planning laws.”
The Council’s action in seeking an injunction and the serious implications that follow if the injunction is breached is a signal of just how seriously Dartford Borough Council takes planning breaches of this kind. The Village of Bean deserves protection and we intend to offer this to the full extent of our powers.