Second appeal over illegal mobile home on Harpenden farm

PUBLISHED: 20:02 13 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:22 06 May 2010

A SECOND appeal has been lodged by a Harpenden resident who was caught illegally siting a mobile home on her farm. Carol Hadlow applied to St Albans District Council (SADC) for planning permission to put a caravan at Thistle Down Farm in Bower Heath for

A SECOND appeal has been lodged by a Harpenden resident who was caught illegally siting a mobile home on her farm.

Carol Hadlow applied to St Albans District Council (SADC) for planning permission to put a caravan at Thistle Down Farm in Bower Heath for an "agricultural worker" - which was refused.

She appealed against the decision but SADC handed her an enforcement notice ordering her to remove the caravan from the land.

Mrs Hadlow has also appealed against the enforcement action, defending her reasons for siting the caravan at the farm.

The appeal states Mrs Hadlow bought the six acres of land, which is in the Green Belt, 12 years ago. The stock includes a herd of 12 alpacas, a flock of Soay sheep, pigs, a quail unit and poultry.

Up until January 2008 Mrs Hadlow had lived at her house four miles away and was running the farm, but found it difficult to look after her stock properly, particularly the alpacas which require night checks.

In the letter to the district council appealing against the enforcement notice it says at the beginning of last year she stationed a small caravan on the site as temporary accommodation to "give the livestock the level of care they require".

Mrs Hadlow feels three years temporary permission for the mobile home on the site would be sufficient time to "build up the business and prove financial viability."

A date for an appeal hearing is still to be confirmed.


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