Welwyn Hatfield Council wins landmark case at Supreme Court

14:07 06 April 2011

The barn

The barn


WELWYN Hatfield Council has today won a landmark legal case, after taking a resident to the highest court in the country.

Seven Supreme Court judges sided with the council in not granting a certificate of lawfulness to Alan Beesley.

Mr Beesley had built a luxury £500,000 home for his family on Green Belt land off Coopers Lane Road, Northaw, but disguised it as a haybarn.

Today (Wednesday) the Welwyn Hatfield Times was in court to hear the ruling.

Lord Mace said: “It could not have been Paliament’s intention that a person could benefit from his own wrong.”

The council were delighted with the outcome. A spokeswoman said they would now consider what appropriate enforcement action to take.

Read full reaction in next Wednesday’s Welwyn Hatfield Times.

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  • Hi hope so nossa, there's two sites in Welham Green, both have been rightly refused permission yet these 'travellers' have developed with complete disregard to the law. So far the council have done nothing....

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    Wednesday, April 6, 2011

  • Unless the council are going to spell out exactly why they granted permission for the Woodgate Avenue Oakwell drive developement of about 30 "executive" style homes just a few hundred yards away from this "Barn" in what to my untrained eye seems to be just as much in the middle of a green belt field, then this is just another case of our arrogant and bullying council simply not liking having been outsmarted and risking our money to try to restore their face!

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    Clarkson for PM

    Thursday, April 7, 2011

  • A Hooray Henry with a bit of land is not a scary as a Traveller with a bit of land in the eyes of the Council.

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    Victor Meldrew

    Thursday, April 7, 2011

  • Has this now set a precedence on the lengths WH Council will no go to re illegal Traveller sites?

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    Wednesday, April 6, 2011

  • As someone who (rightly) abides by the law I am VERY pleased to hear this case has been won by WHC. We live in one of only 2 official 'Garden Cities' in the WORLD. As such the planning laws and building regs are more stringent to preserve the inherent statusheritage of the 'Garden City movement'. I SINCERELY hope the Council will aggressively pursue (and where needed prosecute) those that continue to break the planning laws & building regs that are specific to our town in order to maintain it's GLOBAL status.

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    Thursday, April 7, 2011

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