And now for a non-Yorkshire-based item ….
It isn’t just ordinary folk that have planning problems. For the last 2 years or so, popstar Ed Sheeran has been having issues with his local council, South Suffolk Coastal District Council, culminating in recent enforcement investigations that have been picked up by the national media.
The issues are associated with a pond that Ed developed on arable farmland he owns near Denninington in East Anglia without first seeking planning permission. Consequently, Mr Sheeran submitted a retrospective application for the pond, which gained planning permission in January 2017 for ‘wildlife’ purposes.
However, local people have apparently been claiming that the singer has been using the pond for swimming, leading to the Council having to carry out its own enquiries.
The upshot is that the planning authority have concluded that it does not appear to them at least that the pond is being used for anything other than its authorised use despite its kidney-shaped ‘swimming’ pool layout, the diving board -looking ‘jetty’ and the two sets of convenient ‘maintenance’ access stepping stone steps! The nearby bathing-hut style ‘equipment’ sheds have similarly caused them no worries. We will leave it to you to make your own mind up as to whether this pool lends itself to swimming or not and whether its design should or shouldn’t have been approved.
We contacted the Council and they said:
‘As a result of the concerns raised, Suﬀolk Coastal’s Planning Enforcement Team visited the premises. There was no evidence that it is not a wildlife
pond, as plants are growing in and around it, or that the planning condi ons had been broken. We will con nue to monitor the situa on. If anyone has any evidence that these ponds have been used for another purpose, they should provide this informa on to the Suﬀolk Coastal District
Council Planning Enforcement Team via email at: d.c.enforcement@eastsuﬀolk.gov.uk or the informa on can be reported online at: h p://www.eastsuﬀolk.gov.uk/planning/planning-enforcement/ ‘
If, like Ed, you have fallen foul of the planning rules, don’t panic – just get in touch with us as soon as you can. In these types of case, our advice is aimed at giving you peace of mind. Northern Planners often help clients who have inadvertently undertaken works that require planning permission. In no small part, this scenario is the result of the complicated system of planning rules that we all now face. Guiding you through that maze and extricating people out of planning difficulties is part of our expertise.
We wish Ed all the best with his wildlife pond going forward, especially on hot Summer days 😉