A mobile home that is just 18 inches too wide looks set to be demolished at a cost of £40,000 after a High Court appeal was rejected.
The mobile in Broadend Road, Walsoken is the home of gypsy Rodney Wilson and his partner Pat Wenn and they have been locked in a legal battle for the last eight years. The site has permission for two caravans for persons of gypsy status but West Norfolk Borough Council say the existing home, which is made up of two mobile home units put together, is too big to qualify as a caravan.
A High Court judge has just lifted an injunction preventing West Norfolk Council from taking direct action to uphold an enforcement notice issued in 2006.
A report to Monday’s planning committee meeting said: “Implementation and execution of direct action to comply with part of the enforcement notice, the removal of the unauthorised park home, will now be carried out to remedy the ongoing breach of planning control.”
In 2006, the council issued an enforcement notice over the change of use of agricultural land for stationing of a ‘park home’ in the field.
Mr Wilson and Ms Wenn then set about trying to get permission to retain the landscaped home they had created in the field, including a conservatory, boiler/utility room and decking.
Following an appeal, in 2011, the couple were granted permission for the siting of a mobile home for persons of gypsy status with additional tree planting, landscaping, access and gateway. But, the existing home does not meet the description of a caravan under that permission.
In 2012, the couple were refused permission to retain the existing home on the site and a subsequent appeal has now been refused.
The report estimates the cost of removing the home will be £38,200 plus VAT.