Aug 25

Pondtail Wood Weekly Update Bulletin – 25 August 2016

 

  • The SDNPA website was updated and Jo GLYNDE, SDNPA Senior Media Officer responded to a number of enquiries with the following:

    “We are aware that a for sale sign went up last week, with an auction due to be held on 12 September. The landowner is legally entitled to sell the property. The notices stay with the land and so will transfer to any new owner. The owner should declare the notices prior to any sale.”

    This was covered in the following media:

    The Times (content can’t be linked as behind paywall)

    BBC Online http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-37158701

    The Argus http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/14696370.Landowner_tries_to_sell_woodland_he_felled/

    Also expected in the West Sussex County Times today.

 

 

Forestry Commission

 

Jon HARDING from the Forestry Commission informed that he had been told by their Secretariat an objection to the Restocking Notice had been received by the Secretary of State. This was the morning of this Update and he had no further details at the time.

 

Key dates

 

  • Stop Notice was served on the 13th June 2016 and took effect immediately.
  • The Enforcement Notice was served on the 13 June and should have taken effect on 12th July 2016. This effective date is suspended due to the submission of an Appeal.
  • SDNPA were informed by solicitors acting on behalf of the site owners that an Appeal against the Enforcement Notice had been lodged with the Planning Inspectorate on 11 July 2016.
  • Remedial work specified in the Enforcement Notice should be completed by 23rd August 2016 (42 days from when the notice takes effect). Currently this date is suspended due to the appeal.
  • Before 30 April 2017 the land must be restocked with trees as per the Forestry Commission Notice.
  • Owner must pay appeal fee by 2 September 2016
  • Sale by auction by Barnard Marcus on 12 September 2016.

 

SDNPA Website

 

SDNPA website has a dedicated webpage with regular updates, which can be accessed from the front screen by clicking on the photo titled ‘Pondtail Wood Update’:

 

https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/pondtail-wood-update-22-august-2016/