Romford residents in “living nightmare” after planning battle between council and landowners
PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 March 2018
Residents on a Romford caravan park have been left in a “living nightmare” after a planning battle between the council and their landowner saw some tenants handed eviction notices.
Mobile home owners in Lakeview Park, Noak Hill, were given letters from Havering Council that stated their homes had been built illegally.
The council told 10 residents that their homes had been built outside of the current caravan park licence, and that the site lies within the green belt.
Wyldecrest Homes - which runs the caravan park - has been told that it has to remove the homes already built on the patch of land, and restore it back to its original condition.
But Alfie Best, owner of Wyldecrest Homes, told the Recorder that he had documentation to show that he had the correct planning permission for the site, and is furious at the way the council have dealt with his residents.
He said: “This is not right what is going on.
“I think this is a personal issue that the council have against me.
“The park has been here for over 50 years, the whole park has got planning permission, the whole park is a green belt!
“We’re not doing anything wrong because none of the homes are being built outside of the park area.
“Our first and foremost priority is to look after our residents.”
He said that he had already taken action to appeal against the council’s decision.
The council said it will do its utmost to “stop developers who flout planning laws and exploit vulnerable people.”
A spokeswoman said: “We will take all necessary precautions to protect Havering’s greenbelt and residents.”
She added the council was certain the developments do not have planning permission and have taken place “unlawfully.”
One of the tenants who has been told they might have to move is Maria Stevens, 59, she said: “It is absolutely disgusting here, it’s like living on a building site.
“It’s a living nightmare if I’m honest.
“We could be left without anywhere to live.
“They are both to blame, the council are just as bad as Mr Best.
“The council had suspicions about this two years ago but have done nothing, and I was told that this was because they didn’t have the manpower to deal with it.
“It’s not safe to live like this.”
“We’re in the middle of all of this and it’s not fair.”
Resident Anne Hughes, 63, who lives at 14a Longmeadows and could be evicted said: “They have got no permission whatsoever.
“There should be nothing down here.
“I am not at all happy, I can’t believe that I wasn’t told any of this when I bought my home.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do if I get told I have to move.”
Another elderly resident who paid £285,000 for her home when she moved in over a year ago said: “It was like Glastonbury with all the mud when we first moved in here.
“It’s disgusting, I’m disabled and this site is horrendous, I just don’t know what is going to happen.”
Another tenant who lives in the park but hasn’t been handed an eviction notice and wished to remain anonymous said: “There used to be deer and wildlife on that bit of land, it used to be beautiful now we’ve just got more homes on it.
“I think they are both to blame and we’ve been stuck right in the middle of it all.
“I feel really sorry for those who have bought homes on that bit of land, its not right what has happened to them and needs to be sorted out.”