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Court orders confiscation of half a million pounds for unplanned development

15 December 2021
A man who set-up a self-storage business on green belt land in Bulphan, without planning permission, has been ordered to repay £553,772 in illegal profits taken from the business.
Paul Ballard, formerly of Theydon Bois, Essex, had set the self-storage business up in 2014 using Kevin Flack – who was also given a confiscation order at the same trial – to front it. They did not comply with an enforcement notice that required them close the business and return the land to its original state.

Injunction prevents unauthorised development in Chadwell

15 January 2021
Thurrock Council has obtained an interim injunction which prevents unauthorised occupation and development at a site in Sandy Lane, off Biggin Lane, Chadwell St Mary.
The injunction was served on Friday afternoon (15 January) following an investigation and numerous site visits by council planning enforcement officers and Essex Police.

Unscrupulous landowners face paying significant costs

9 November 2020
Unscrupulous landowners who had carried out unauthorised development on green belt land in Buckles Lane have been halted in their tracks thanks to a final Court Order obtained by Thurrock Council preventing unauthorised development on land to the north of the Buckles Lane site.
The council took legal action after hardstanding and septic tanks were built on green belt land north of Buckles Lane without planning permission. The council also took legal action concerning land to the south of Buckles Lane and has been granted an interim injunction in relation to that land.

Scaffolding company fined for unauthorised vehicle movements in Stanford-le-Hope

28 September 2020
Acting on complaints from residents, Thurrock Council has successfully brought a prosecution against a nuisance scaffolding company, which has cost them more than £1,000 in fines and costs.
NXT GEN Scaffolding pleaded guilty at Southend Magistrates Court on Wednesday 23 September for breaching notices served in December last year to cease out-of-hours movements of vehicles entering and leaving Stanhope Industrial Estate in Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope.

Second interim injunction to protect green belt land at Buckles Lane

4 September 2020
Thurrock Council has been granted a second interim High Court injunction preventing any further unauthorised development on green belt land south of Buckles Lane, South Ockendon.  
The latest interim injunction was granted and confirmed after court hearings which took place on Friday 21 August and Tuesday 1 September. A similar interim injunction is already in place protecting more than 100 acres of green belt land north of Buckles Lane and south of Mollands Lane.

High Court injunction granted on Buckles Lane green belt land

14 August 2020
Following a court hearing on Thursday 6 August 2020, Thurrock Council has successfully been granted an interim High Court injunction preventing any further unauthorised development on more than 100 acres of green belt land north of Buckles Lane and south of Mollands Lane, South Ockendon.
A consent order was agreed by the involved parties and sealed by the court on Thursday 13 August 2020. This will ensure the interim injunction will continue until a trial is heard later in the year to determine if it will be made permanent.

Action taken on unauthorised vehicle movements in Stanford-le-Hope

6 July 2020
Enforcement action taken by Thurrock Council could see companies who continue to drive HGVs and lorries on residential streets during anti-social hours taken to court.
HGVs and lorries have been causing significant disruption to residential streets near a Stanford-le-Hope industrial estate outside the permitted hours of 7am to 7pm. Despite notices being served in December last year, continued out-of-hours movements of vehicles leaving and heading towards an occupier on Stanhope Industrial Estate in Wharf Road have sparked further complaints from residents living nearby.

Action continues against unlawful site

12 June 2020
Thurrock Council's Cabinet member for regeneration and strategic planning, Cllr Mark Coxshall, confirms unlawful works taking place in Biggin Lane, Grays, have been stopped indefinitely as the council continues to take decisive action against site operators.
A Stop Notice has been issued to the occupiers, which will come into effect on 13 June and requires the permanent cessation of all unapproved activity and will prevent operators removing sand without permission. This is further supported with an Enforcement Notice what will also come into effect in early July.