Landowner appeals against chicken farm enforcement notice

Emma Billingham


An appeal has been lodged by the landowner of the proposed chicken farm off Lightlands Land and Strande Lane against an enforcement notice imposed by the Royal Borough.

Samuel Driver has appealed against the notice to remove a polytunnel that was issued on July 21. This followed a visit by a planning officer who noted the metal framework building had been constructed.

The notice states the building was put up without planning permission.

Mr Driver had until tomorrow (Thursday) to appeal the notice or remove the polytunnel himself.

Councillor MJ Saunders gave an update on the situation at the controversial farm to Cookham Parish Council yesterday (Tuesday).

He told councillors the borough planning department and Mr Driver will put together written arguments that will be given to the planning inspector for them to make a decision in four to eight weeks.

Cllr Saunders said: “If the inspector is in favour of the enforcement then he (Mr Driver) will have to remove the polytunnel, then if not done it will be removed for him.”

Addressing concerns the decision process will not be held in public, Cllr Saunders added the process could take three to six months and said: “I think it is helpful for a decision to be resolved quickly.”

Also discussed at the meeting of full council held at Cookham Library, in High Road, was the retirement of councillors Jean and John Stretton, who have given 56 years of service to the parish council between them.

With two casual vacancies now on the council for the Cookham Village ward, the public has until September 27 to write in to state it wants to have an election to fill the places.

If 10 people do not write in, the council will advertise for the co-option of new members from September 29.

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