After more than six years of determined legal effort, Wokingham Borough Council's perseverance has succeeded in getting an illegal mobile home park removed from protected woodland in Finchampstead.
The borough council first took action to get the 22 mobile homes removed from Pineridge in Nine Mile Ride in June 2009 and now, after a long series of planning appeals and court hearings (all of which have found in the council’s favour), they have been removed.
The mobile home park was built on land classified as protected woodland and never had planning consent. Since 2009, its owner had repeatedly failed to comply with enforcement orders to remove the mobile homes and restore the land to its proper condition. But now, following the latest High Court action resulting in an Injunction Order, the mobile homes have finally been removed.
Wokingham Borough Council’s executive member for planning and regeneration Cllr Mark Ashwell said: "This is a tremendous result that will allow the woodland to naturally regenerate and shows how determined we are to protect our countryside. We have faced repeated legal obstruction from the owner of this site, but our success proves that professionalism and perseverance will win in the end against illegal developments and legal trickery.
"I'd like to thank the officers and elected members who have kept going in the face of numerous obstacles to secure this victory and to uphold the integrity of our planning policies. We have always been aware that people have made their homes in this park, but the fact is they should never have been there and have had plenty of time to make alternative arrangements."