We have no idea. They have made site visits, discussed the illegal operations with their legal dept, (took months and months) and then finally held a meeting early April. Derek Wade, enforcement officer, pleasant but vague.
We can't understand why they have allowed them another 12 WEEKS to a) monitor their own car movements in and out and b) allowed them to continue living in the caravan. Added to which we now have 4 cameras monitoring our movements on OUR LAND.
We have approx 30 car movements per day. This is a rural area. They operate a second hand car business in a wooden barn less than 15m from our house. Initially we were friends but relations broke down last July and then we found, despite their assurances, that they did not have planning permission for the business nor the caravan. They own 2 (former brick barns) opposite our farmhouse (we don't farm) which are let out, hence them living in a caravan at the back of the wooden barn. We have constant car movements in and out, handy man working (chain sawing today) and again, this is a quiet rural area of North Cheshire not a business park.
No. Should I? This is why I am contacting you ... for advise and suggestions.
The issue is that they are operating ILLEGALLY. They have no planning permission at all for this business. What started as the use of an agricultural barn (holding straw, etc) was then changed into a storage below and offices above. Windows put in front and back.
As they let the two properties they own out (opposite us) they moved into a caravan at the back of the property. NO PLANNING PERMISSION.
This is the main issue. As for nuisance .... I can't honestly, hand on heart, say that they are a nuisance. The issue is they are operating illegally and the council seems incapable of stopping it (or unwilling). I have contacted our Councillor, he hopes to call in over the weekend. Have I spent all my money now?
Nuisance : there is constant car movements in and out, barn doors opening and closing, electric gates opening and closing. Mechanics, tyre operatives, body repair vehicles in and out. Does that count as nuisance?
But you can't enforce planning permission - that is for a local auhority
You can't make the local authority take action
You can try the Ombudsman
They are located at: www.lgo.org.uk
But sadly you can't make then take action.
Can I clarify anything else?
Well if you can't advise us on what action to take, then no. I'll seek legal advice from a solicitor locally.
The action to take is to complain to the LGO
You can't sadly make the Council take action