Chesham: Rogue site storing building materials forced out of greenbelt land


An unauthorized site used to store building materials has been removed from green belt land in Chesham.

Buckinghamshire Council had to forcibly remove the ‘huge amount of building materials’, including bricks and tiles from Hyde End.

Council said Chiltern District Council refused planning permission for the site to store building materials in 2019. This refusal was later upheld on appeal.

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The site between Chesham and Great Missenden next to a building site is also both within the green belt and within the Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty.

In June 2020, Buckinghamshire Council issued an enforcement notice against this use and demanded that the use be terminated and the items removed within six months.

Following correspondence with site owners and officers, a Buckinghamshire Council enforcement officer visited the site in July 2022 and found that use had effectively ceased and a huge amount of building material had been removed from the site.

Peter Strachan, Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration, said: “I am delighted to see that our involvement and enforcement action in this matter has had a hugely positive effect on the site, and that the Unauthorized use of this sensitive area and greenbelt of the Site of Outstanding Natural Beauty has now come to an end.

“We have a very successful track record of planning enforcement, which has led us to become the highest authority outside of London for issuing planning enforcement notices.”


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