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An injunction has been granted to prevent the development of a Thatcham Traveler caravan site.

West Berkshire Council won the interim injunction that limits “any further unauthorized development to remain in place” at Lawrences Lane.

This limits the arrival of more caravans in the area and residential occupancy.

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The controversial plans called for seven Traveler pitches with seven static caravans, seven-day rooms and seven touring caravans.

Nine reasons for refusing the plans were found by council bosses, including failing to provide a water supply and concerns about the site’s effect on a ‘sensitive rural area’.

There were also concerns about the “increased risk of accidents for road users” caused by a “non-compliant road”.

The plans received 287 letters of objection from members of the public.

West Berkshire Council issued an injunction in August to prevent unauthorized development on the land.

What does the injunction say?

The extension of the injunction, granted on December 8, states that “no residential occupancy will be permitted” beyond what was agreed in the previous order.

No more transportable structures or waste can be brought onto the site, including caravans.

The injunction also stops any other work being undertaken that would violate planning law.

Violation of the new order could result in contempt of court, punishable by fine, imprisonment or seizure of assets.

The order said the defendants had to leave the field by April 8, 2022 if they did not appeal.

West Berkshire Council said it “will continue to monitor activity on the site in relation to the new requirements set out by the court”.

The council will wait for the filing of the appeal against the refused planning application no later than February 8, 2022.

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“The case is not closed”

Councilor Richard Somner, executive member for planning, transport and countryside at West Berkshire Council, said ‘this order is the next big step in ensuring that no further unauthorized planning development takes place’.

“If the defendants are unsuccessful on appeal, this will also secure the end of residential occupation of the land within two months of the appeal being closed,” Cllr Somner said.

He added that “the council’s actions to date have been successful in limiting the extent and impact of unauthorized development on the site”.

He added: “Although the deal was not done, council acted quickly. The planning appeal process will now guide the next steps, the timelines of which will be advised by the council inspectorate. ‘town planning.’

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