NPA enforcement officers issued a Temporary Stop Notice against landfill operators Cleaning Services Group (CSG), which rents the site, in November last year to prevent further lorry loads of material being brought in. The action was also against the landowner Hamptworth Estates and hauliers Inert Recycling. An Enforcement Notice was then issued in December and CSG appealed.
Planning Inspector Keri Williams issued his decision this week following an appeal hearing in April. The decision confirms no more materials can be brought to the areas of land affected and CSG and the landowner now have 12 months in which to remove the unauthorised development.
NPA member and Wiltshire Councillor for the area Leo Randall said: ‘I am pleased the Inspector has recognised the fact that National Parks have the highest levels of protection and has ruled that this type of development in this location right next to the open Forest is totally inappropriate and should be removed. A robust stance has been upheld and it is hoped that the parties will find a sensible solution for the use of this material, subject to appropriate planning and environmental controls, over the next 12 months.”
Notes to Editor:
About the New Forest National Park Authority
Protect - Enjoy - Prosper
The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:
Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.
We also have a duty to:
• Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.
The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.
Visit http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.
Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608