Arun District Council has taken legal action against the owner of Climping Mill to prevent further work being undertaken without planning permission.
The Council became aware of breaches of planning control at Climping Mill, where the owner was excavating a large hole and a Temporary Stop Notice was issued on 24 August requiring that the work cease. As this was not complied with, the Council then brought the matter before the County Court on 19 September when the owner gave a legally binding undertaking not to breach planning controls in the future.
If the owner fails to comply with the undertaking, the Court, on application by the Council, has power to impose a fine or to commit the owner to prison for a period of up to two years.
Cabinet Member for Planning, Cllr John Charles said, “This is an example of how important it is that owners obtain the correct permission to undertake work in order to avoid potentially serious consequences. If in any doubt as to permissions needed, contact the Council’s planning department in the first instance.”