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Council officers investigate suspected planning breach

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Monday 29 January

Site surveyed to check planning conditions are being complied with

Council officers carried out an operation to help investigate suspected breaches of planning permission at a site in Dunkirk this week which is permitted for use by travellers

Acting on information from the local community, council officers took part in a joint operation with officers from Kent Police and Border Force.

Using planning powers, officers entered the site on Tuesday to survey caravans to establish who was living there, how they used the site and whether they are permitted gypsy and traveller occupants.

Cllr Gerry Lewin, Deputy Leader of the Council, and Cabinet Member for Planning, said:

"The planning system sets out the permitted use of a development and we are determined to make sure that people are adhering to the relevant permission.

"We are committed to making sure we are doing all we can to tackle any breaches in planning control and to take whatever enforcement action is deemed necessary."

The information gathered is being collated and analysed and could lead to action being taken where planning breaches at the site are identified.



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