Planning enforcement action completed at Swift Lane, Bagshot

Date: 

Wednesday, 6 November, 2019

Enforcement action has been successfully carried out by Surrey Heath Borough Council at Swift Lane in Bagshot to remove unauthorised activities at the location. 

Swift Lane contains a Community Recycling Centre (CRC) managed by Surrey County Council (SCC). Next to this facility is an authorised traveller site, also managed by SCC. 

Over a number of years various unauthorised activities had been established next to the authorised site, including a car dealership and static caravan site which did not have planning permission.  

Planning Enforcement Notices were issued by Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) against the landowner, Tommy Lee, in February 2017, which he unsuccessfully appealed. Mr Lee subsequently failed to adhere to the compliance period set by the Planning Inspectorate.  

As a result, an early morning operation was undertaken on 16 October by enforcement agents from Constant & Co and SHBC Corporate Enforcement Officers, supported by Surrey Police.

Its purpose was to remove the unauthorised elements of the site, which are on land owned by both SHBC and Mr Lee, and secure the land against future unauthorised  activity.   

The occupiers of the caravans and the car sales business owner had previously been served notice to leave the site due to the works.

The remaining occupiers were instructed to leave and the site was secured. 33 static caravans and buildings relating to the car sales business were demolished on site and the resulting debris removed. 

SHBC Portfolio Holder for Planning and People, Cllr Adrian Page, said: "This was a major enforcement operation and we are pleased it has been successfully completed. 

"The conditions that people were living in on the unauthorised site were exceptionally poor, and it was vital that it be shut down. 

“Where possible, we have worked with displaced residents and provided housing advice and interim accommodation if applicable. 

“We would like to thank Surrey County Council and Surrey Police for their help and co-operation in the planning and execution of this operation."

Bagshot CRC, which was closed while the works took place, has now reopened. The Council would like to thank local residents for their understanding during this period.