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‘Enough is enough’ - pledge of action over Lakenheath Hall site

Lakenheath Hall, Mark Westley Photography 
Bury Free Press April 2014 ANL-140105-104531001

Lakenheath Hall, Mark Westley Photography Bury Free Press April 2014 ANL-140105-104531001

Legal action is being considered against a controversial Lakenheath ‘eye sore’ following years of planning breaches.

In 2005, permission was granted to convert Lakenheath Hall into three dwellings with further properties in the grounds.

Since 2005 planning conditions have been breached several times.

James Waters, leader of Forest Heath District Council, has said it is time to look for alternative financially viable options including taking control of the site.

He said: “The legal route is always the last resort because at the end of the day it’s always costly to do but I think enough is enough.

“It’s an eye sore and I want to see it sorted out for Lakenheath. I was brought up in and around Lakenheath and I remember how it was before. It was a beautiful house with beautiful grounds.”

A spokesperson for the council said: “We are considering a range of possibilities including legal action. We are, however, hoping these enforcement breaches will be resolved without having to resort to this action.”

The authority has increased pressure on Lakenheath Hall Estates Ltd to resolve major breaches. These concern a boundary wall demolished without permission, a driveway and landscaping.

 

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