Land at Chapel Lane, Little Hadham update

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The latest updates on the land at Chapel Lane in Little Hadham. This article is regularly reviewed and the latest update shown at the top.

Update 28 February 2022

The appeal enquiry due to take place this week has been postponed for a second time. Another date will be found as soon as possible.

Update 17 January 2022

X/20/0177/CND – Application to discharge condition 5 and 6 of LPA ref. 3/19/0893/FUL

The planning inspectorate has decided that the discharge of conditions public inquiry (virtual) for Land Off Chapel Lane in Little Hadham, due to start tomorrow (Tuesday), has been postponed. We will provide a revised date as soon as we can.

Update 12 January 2021

X/20/0177/CND - Application to discharge condition 5 and 6 of LPA ref. 3/19/0893/FUL

A Public Inquiry will be held between 18 - 21 January 2022. This Inquiry will be held virtually; If you wish to attend, please contact Mike Slimmon - who will be able to provide you with the meeting ID and password as this Inquiry will be held virtually on Zoom.

We ask that you request these details in advance of the first day of the Public Inquiry, which is due to start on Tuesday 18 January 2022 at 10am, and that you join the Zoom 'Meeting' ahead of 10am.

Update 4 December 2020

On Friday 4 December 2020, the council applied to the Court of Appeal for permission to challenge the decision of Mrs Justice Lieven which dismissed the council’s claim that planning permission granted on appeal should be quashed. A judge will now consider the council’s application on paper and will confirm in due course whether permission will be granted to proceed with its appeal.

Update 13 November 2020

High Court Legal Challenge update: Land at Chapel Lane, Little Hadham
The Council is disappointed with the judgement of Mrs Justice Lieven which today dismissed  its challenge of the Planning Inspector’s decision  to grant planning permission for Land at Chapel Lane, Little Hadham. The planning permission was for a change of use of land to 10 pitches for the stationing of 10 mobile homes, 10 touring caravans and 10 utility buildings. The Council is considering all options with its legal team.

Update 22 May 2020

On 21 May 2020 the Honourable Mrs Justice Lang DBE granted the council permission to proceed with its planning statutory review claim. The council is pleased the court has found there is an arguable case that justifies full investigation of the substantive merits. The council will now prepare its case for the hearing which is currently listed for 2 days. No date has yet been set but we will provide a further update once this has been confirmed.

Update 13 March 2020

Yesterday, Thursday 12th March 2020, the council filed and lodged with the High Court a legal challenge under s.288 of the Town and County Planning Act 1990 in respect of the decision of the Planning Inspectorate  dated 4th February 2020 to grant planning permission for a change of use of land to 10 pitches accommodating the siting of 10 mobile homes and stationing of 10  touring caravans and 10 utility buildings and formation of access road and hardstanding at Land off Chapel Lane, Letty Green, Little Hadham. All relevant parties to the proceedings have been served. 
The council were and remain extremely disappointed with the decision of PINS in respect of this site and have submitted a robust legal challenge.

Update 21 January 2020

The Public Inquiry for a change of use of land to 10 Gypsy/Traveller pitches accommodating the siting of 10 mobile homes and stationing of 10 touring caravans and 10 utility buildings, formation of access road and hardstandings closed on the 10th December 2019 with a site visit on 11th December 2019. 

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) was expected to issue its decision on or before 21st January 2020. However, the council have today (21st January) received confirmation from PINS via email stating the following, “Unfortunately the Inspector is not able to issue her decision by the target date of 21st January 2020.  This is in part due to the inquiry’s adjournment.  We do not anticipate a significant delay and expect to issue the decision no later than 4th February 2020.” This delay is outside of the council’s control but we will continue to issue updates as and when we have them. 

Update 26 September 2019

Yesterday  (Tuesday 24th September 2019) HHJ Judge Graham Wood QC imposed sentences upon the Defendants of 12 weeks imprisonment but suspended for 12 months.

The Judge did not require the Defendants to leave the site immediately pending their planning appeal.  The appeal will take place in November 2019 with an expected outcome to be decided in January 2020.

Whilst this is not the preferred outcome, the Council remain committed to seeking a successful resolution for the residents in the District.

Update 5 September 2019

Following a hard fought case by our legal team, today (5 September), HHJ Graham Wood QC delivered his verdict and we are pleased to confirm that the defendants were found in breach of the Injunction and that their application to vary/discharge the Injunction, granted by Mr Justice Lane on 20th April 2019, was dismissed.

The defendants have been ordered to leave the site and failure to do so will be taken into account at their sentencing hearing later this month.

Linda Haysey, Leader, East Herts Council said: "We are delighted with today's outcome. We take unlawful development in our district very seriously and I hope this will deter anyone else from acting without planning permission in future. I would like to thank all those involved for their dedication and hard work on this case."

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