Dealership banned from using former cattle farm after residents were subjected to months of disturbance

Time 1 year ago

A dealership in Maidenhead that was illegally using a former cattle farm on which to sell vehicles has had a final injunction issued against it.

Residents in the Fifield Green area had had their lives disrupted for six months said Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council’s planning enforcement team, which sought the order against Fifield Automotives, Frankham (Coningsby) Ltd, John James Frankham and Aman Ali over the unauthorised use of Coningsby Farm, Fifield, for displaying and selling vehicles.

The final injunction, granted by Judge Tracey Bloom at Luton Crown Court on July 29, now bans them from using the land to park and/or store vehicles to sell them, and they were given 21 days to comply, including removing all the vehicles.

After the case, which the council said was brought to protect residents and the green belt, lead member for planning Councillor David Coppinger said: ‘I am delighted with the result that the planning enforcement team have secured.

‘They have worked hard with residents who have suffered from the activities relating to the use of this unauthorised site over the past six months.

‘Residents don’t often see all the work that has to go on behind the scenes but all the effort has proved worthwhile.

‘The council continues to recognise and support the need to uphold planning law that is for the benefit of all, and the action taken by the council underpins its resolve to protect the green belt and residents from harm caused by the actions of the persons enforced against.’

PCSO Matt Wingrove, from the Maidenhead neighbourhood policing team, said: ‘This business has had a significant impact on local residents since establishing themselves on Coningsbury Farm and I am pleased that our partnership working throughout has resulted in this injunction.

‘I hope this demonstrates to our community that we do not tolerate this sort of behaviour and will work with our partners to use all powers available to us to prevent it from continuing.’

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