About Chorley Council
Chorley Council is a district authority in the Lancashire area that provides bin collection, recycling, council tax collection, housing, planning applications, and other services to residents. It was founded in 1974 and is based in Chorley, England.
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Latest Chorley Council News
May 22, 2023
A mother and son were fined by Chorley Council after they were flooded with complaints over the illegal use of green belt land. By Sean Gleaves Updated 22nd May 2023, 17:36 BST Stephen Hough, 57, was issued with an enforcement notice in 2014 in relation to the use of green belt land on Church Lane, Charnock Richard. The enforcement notice required Mr Hough to remove an outbuilding, containers and a caravan from the land. Advertisement This led to Chorley Council bringing a prosecution against Mr Hough, of Southgates, Charnock Richard, after he failed to comply within six months. Stephen Hough was issued with an enforcement notice in relation to the use of green belt land in 2014 (Credit: Chorley Council) Most Popular The investigation resumed last year after Chorley Council received a number of complaints about the land. Advertisement This led to the prosecution of Mr Hough, and his mother, Janette Hough, at Lancaster Magistrates’ Court on May 15, 2023. Coun Alistair Morwood, Executive Member of Chorley Council (Planning and Development) said: “As a council we won’t hesitate to take action when it comes to protecting Chorley’s Green Belt against the illegal actions of those who think it is OK to misuse the land and impact on others within the community.” The enforcement notice required Mr Hough to remove an outbuilding, containers and a caravan from the land (Credit: Chorley Council) In March 2022, the council received a complaint relating to the siting of a static caravan on the land which was then investigated. Advertisement Other structures on the land that should have been removed under the enforcement notice were found, together with another unauthorised development that had taken place since the enforcement notice was issued, including container units and a small outbuilding on the land in breach of the enforcement notice. The site was also littered with vehicles and on inspection of the container units, these were found to contain items such as toolboxes, car parts and accessories. The investigation resumed in 2022 after Chorley Council received a number of complaints about the land (Credit: Chorley Council) Advertisement Mr Hough switched ownership of the land between himself and his mother on at least two occasions. On examination of Land Registry records by Chorley Council on June 14, 2022, the owner of the land had been Mrs Hough since November 2017. Mr Hough was owner from 1999 and then Mrs Hough became owner in September 2014. Advertisement Mrs Hough said one container had been removed and the other two containers were in the process of being removed (Credit: Chorley Council) It was then transferred back to Mr Hough in April 2015, then back to his mother again in November 2017. Mrs Hough had been served with the enforcement notice in 2014. She did not respond to a letter in August 2022 inviting her to an interview under caution with Chorley Council, “demonstrating no willingness to assist the council”. Advertisement Subsequent site visits conducted by a Chorley Council Officer in September 2022 and again in April 2023 revealed that the site was as bad as ever with no compliance. Three summonses were brought against Mrs Hough – all commencing from the first date of her current period of ownership of the land and ending on the date the charges were laid. At a hearing at Lancaster Magistrates’ Court on May 15, 2023, Mrs Hough pleaded guilty to the three offences with which she was charged. The 74-year-old was fined £40, ordered to pay costs of £871 and a victim surcharge of £30. Advertisement Mr Hough pleaded guilty to all four charges laid against him and was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £1,818 and a victim surcharge of £20. Both defendants were fined in respect of the offence to remove an outbuilding and two containers on the land from 2014. No separate penalty was imposed in respect of the other offences in respect of which they pleaded guilty. Mrs Hough said that one container had been removed and the other two containers were in the process of being removed. Sign up to our daily newsletter Sign up Thank you for signing up! Did you know with a Digital Subscription to Lancashire Evening Post, you can get unlimited access to the website including our premium content, as well as benefiting from fewer ads, loyalty rewards and much more.
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