Unauthorised development in Desborough demolished following enforcement action by Kettering Borough Council

Published: Wednesday, 30th October 2019

Following an 18-month planning enforcement investigation, Kettering Borough Council’s Development Services has succeeded in removing an unauthorised building at 19 Station Road, Desborough.

The building, which had been located to the rear of the café and residential premises, had been used to store materials unconnected with the legitimate business.  

Kettering Borough Council served an enforcement notice on the landowner and leaseholder who appealed to the Planning Inspectorate against the notice. The appeal was unsuccessful, and the Council were about to take direct action to remove the building, when the leaseholder finally agreed to take down the building himself.  

Council officers inspected the site on Friday 18th October and found that the building had been removed.  

James Wilson, Interim Head of Development Services, said: “Where unauthorised development is causing real harm, the Council will take appropriate action.  Sometimes enforcement action takes time and resources, but where necessary, we will do everything we can to achieve a successful outcome.  We want to send a message that says to those who pursue unauthorised development, that just because a development has taken place, it will not be treated more favourably than development that has gone through the proper planning process”.   

The Council’s planning enforcement policy can be viewed on the planning pages of the Kettering Borough Council website: kettering.gov.uk