Injunction granted to stop Bluntisham 'gypsy site'

THE High Court has granted an injunction to stop what was feared would be an unauthorised gypsy site at Bluntisham. Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) successfully applied for the injunction on Tuesday (March 3) after an enforcement officer had visite

THE High Court has granted an injunction to stop what was feared would be an unauthorised gypsy site at Bluntisham.

Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) successfully applied for the injunction on Tuesday (March 3) after an enforcement officer had visited the land, just off Needingworth Road, on February 25, and found a water pipe had been laid under the ground close to the road.

A second visit on Monday (March 2) found another pipe had been laid and a stand-pipe had been fitted in the field as well as a small shed and a power supply pole, all of which were unauthorised.

The application to stop any further unauthorised work on the site was granted by Mrs Justice Cox at the High Court on Tuesday (March 3).

HDC said there were indications that the land was to be used for a gypsy site, though HDC's planning team considered the land inappropriate for a permanent or temporary gypsy site because of the flood risk and proximity to a road junction with poor visibility.

An HDC spokesman said: "As a result of the investigations, HDC was forced to institute the proceedings. We will continue to support the expectations of the residents to have the planning legislation enforced where occupiers of land are carrying out unauthorised development.

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"Planning enforcement powers allow us to tackle breaches where it is necessary to do so and we will ensure developments are not created in locations deemed inappropriate.

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