Council not to take action over unauthorised development in Stevenage

ENFORCEMENT action will not be taken by a council over the unauthorised development of a former garden centre site. Stevenage Borough Council s planning and development committee granted planning permission for 64 homes to be built at the former Van Hage

ENFORCEMENT action will not be taken by a council over the unauthorised development of a former garden centre site.

Stevenage Borough Council's planning and development committee granted planning permission for 64 homes to be built at the former Van Hage site on the junction of Broadhall Way and Bragbury Lane in 2007.

But of the 46 plots which are either under construction or already completed, all but 10 have been sited differently to the position approved as part of the planning permission.

The council requested the developer submit a revised planning application in an attempt to address these discrepancies, which include the position of 31 of the plots moved by between 200mm and 1.5metres, but this was not done.

The planning and development committee has decided not to take enforcement action.

A council officer's report recommended: "While it is accepted the development has not been constructed in accordance with the approved layout plan, it is not considered to cause unacceptable harm to the amenities of the occupier of Tithe Barn, or those other residential properties adjoining the site.