Notice served by council after chalet found to be illegally lived in

An enforcement notice has been issued to the owners of a holiday chalet after it was found to be illegally lived in.

Harborough Council had received complaints about the unauthorised use of a building on the Astley Grange Farm complex in Back Lane, East Langton.

It was alleged the building was being used as someone’s main residence, contrary to planning conditions that restrict the building for holiday-let use only.

Council enforcement officers attempted “a number of visits” to investigate the allegations but each time were refused access to the building by the owners, the council said.

Last month, officers were successful in securing a warrant from Leicestershire Magistrates’ Court.

With the support of police, the council’s enforcement officers were able to execute the warrant and gain entry to the building. The council said: “They were able to find sufficient evidence to show a breach of planning control had taken place.”

A Breach of Condition notice has now been served, ordering them to comply with the planning conditions.

Cllr Phil King, the council’s portfolio holder for planning enforcement, said: “This notice shows that breaches of this nature are taken very seriously and that we will work with the police and courts, if required, to ensure planning laws are adhered to.”