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Unlawful activities at a Stoke Prior green belt farm must stop permanently after enforcement action by Bromsgrove District Council was upheld by the Planning Inspector.

All industrial and commercial activities at Intall Fields Farm must now cease by April 26, 2018 in line with an Enforcement Notice first issued in October 2016.

All industrial and commercial storage must also stop, along with a log sales and splitting business known as Flog-a-Log. Biomass boilers and flues as well as an area of hardstanding, must also be removed.

The news comes after a public inquiry into an appeal against the Enforcement Notice was held by the Planning Inspector, in September.

Bromsgrove District Council had taken the enforcement action when it came to light that no planning permission had been granted for a ‘material change of use’ at the site, plus the ‘operational development’ of installing a biomass boiler system and 14 flues in January 2016.

In enforcing, the district council alleged that the breaches of planning control harmed the green belt, harmed the ‘attractive rural’ character of the locality with an ‘environment reminiscent of an industrial estate’, and harmed residential amenity for properties directly abutting the land with ‘significant levels of noise and disturbance’.

After the public inquiry the Planning Inspector dismissed the appeal and gave the owner six months to comply with the Enforcement Notice.

Cllr Kit Taylor, Bromsgrove District Council’s portfolio holder for Planning, said: “This business was operating without proper planning permission, the proper process was followed and the inspector has vindicated our planners’ decisions. Unlawful operations of any kind cannot and will not be tolerated.”

Cllr Malcolm Glass, local ward member who was involved in the work, added: “It’s been a difficult time for the residents. I was getting calls at all times of day where they were saying the pollution out of the chimneys was getting into their homes, affecting their family lives. We’ve had to wait a long time while the appeal process ran its course but we got the right result in the end.”