Tewkesbury Borough Council has been granted an interim injunction order by the High Court relating to parcels of land at Warren Fruit Farm, located to the north of Winchcombe.
This order, granted on 6 October 2023 during a hearing at Birmingham District Courts, prohibits further development being undertaken, permitted, or encouraged on the land.
In May 2023, unauthorised development occurred on the land to establish a caravan site. No planning permission had been granted for these works. The council served a temporary stop notice to prohibit further development; however, additional works were undertaken.
In August 2023, concerned that further development would take place without planning permission, the council was granted an injunction order prohibiting such works. This order was subject to a hearing on the 6 October 2023, the outcome of which was that the Order should be continued with amendments.
Following the unauthorised development, Tewkesbury Borough Council received a part-retrospective planning application for a change of use of the land with associated works, to allow it to be permanently used as a gypsy site. This application is under review with a decision anticipated before the end of the year.
In the meantime, the injunction prevents further development, including bringing additional caravans onto the land. Anyone who does so will be in contempt of court.
Tewkesbury Borough Council’s lead member for Built Environment, Mary Jordan, said “We are committed to ensuring that all developments in our borough adhere to the necessary planning regulations, and this injunction order sends a clear message that unauthorised development will not be tolerated.
“We will continue to work diligently to ensure that all developments respect these guidelines and the interests of our community.”