Council orders caravan park to stop construction of building

Owners of a holiday park have been ordered to stop construction work on a controversial building.

Council officers visited Rocklands Private Caravan Park in Rocklands Lane on Wednesday (July 2) to issue a Planning Contravention Notice.

Hastings Borough Council (HBC) said the building, which has become the focus of a loud campaign by protestors, is more than half a metre too tall than original planning permission, which was granted in February 2013, allows for.

Last month the partly-built property was refused retrospective planning permission when changes to the ground floor plan, additional and altered windows, and an extended balcony were unanimously turned down by the council’s planning committee, much to the joy of campaigners from Save Ecclesbourne Glen.

Kevin Boorman, council spokesman, said: “When council officers rechecked the measurements of the new building they accepted that it was 550mm too tall, and while minor variations are allowed, this is clearly more than that.

“We have therefore immediately served a Planning Contravention Notice on the holiday park owners, to establish the facts and act as a warning of further enforcement action to come if matters are not resolved to the council’s satisfaction. We went and handed them the planning order on Wednesday and owners from Rocklands have 21 days to respond.”

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