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photo of the view of fence - Chesil Cliff House

An appeal to the Planning Inspector by owners of land at Chesil Cliff House in Croyde against a planning enforcement notice issued by North Devon Council has been dismissed. 

The owners of the land made an appeal to the inspector against the notice (9869) issued by the council for the unauthorised erection of a perimeter fence adjacent to the main Croyde Road. The fencing, constructed of white painted timber above the stone boundary wall was considered to be an unsightly feature in the area and results in an unacceptable level of harm to the landscape and seascape character of the area.

Following the Planning Inspector's decision the owners are required to remove the fence and framework, along with all rubbish and debris resulting from its removal. The action needs to be completed by 25 May 2020, three months from the date of the Planning Inspector's decision.

Lead Member for Economic Development and Strategic Planning Policy at North Devon Council, Councillor Malcolm Prowse, says: "This is great news for our Planning Team that the appeal made has been dismissed and the enforcement notice upheld by the Planning Inspector. Our officers work incredibly hard to protect the characteristics of North Devon and make sure development is carried out appropriately. We're not against development in North Devon, in fact we encourage it, but it has to be carried out in the correct way and fairly."

Full details of the planning enforcement notice issued (9869) can be found on the enforcement notice section of the council website.

Information about planning enforcement including how to report a concern and the enforcement process in North Devon is also available on the website enforcement pages.

The council offers a pre-application advice service providing anybody considering development within the North Devon district with the opportunity to discuss their plans with a planning officer before submitting a planning application. Information about the service is available on the pre-application advice page of the council website.