GALLERY: Tidy up operation set to be approved for derelict house in Emneth which has become magnet for vandals

Emneth property enforcement action.

Emneth property enforcement action. - Credit: Archant

A tidy up operation is set to be carried out at a derelict house which has become a target for vandals.

Enforcement action at 54-56 Lady’s Drove in Emneth has been recommended for approval when it is discussed by King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council on Monday.

The 884sq metres site is made up of a house which has not been used for 15 years and a large area of overgrown land.

Overgrown vegetation will be cut down and the doors and windows will be repaired or replaced.

Costs, which are expected to be less than £5,000, will be recovered from the landowner Leslie Brampton, of South Street, Great Torrington.

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An enforcement notice was served last June, which came into effect last July and required action be taken within two months, but it was not complied with.

Mr Brampton has already been convicted of failing to comply with the notice and received a fine, costs and victims surcharge.

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But he has still not done anything to remedy the breach of planning control.

When Mr Brampton was approached by two enforcement staff, he “refused” to discuss the issue since he felt the matter was “closed”.

The report said: “It is apparent that the property has not been maintained for a long period of time, which has resulted in the land becoming overgrown with vegetation and the dwelling house the subject of disrepair and vandalism.

“The windows that are visible from the public highway have been vandalised and the panes of glass left broken.

“It is considered that the wider adverse impact due to the condition of the land outweighs the landowner’s rights under the Human Rights Act.

“On balance, it is considered justifiable to remedy the ongoing breach of planning control by the taking of further enforcement action.”

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