Notices issued to pensioners facing eviction from Lakeminster Park chalets
PENSIONERS living on a holiday park without planning permission have been issued with enforcement notices.
More than 100 residents at Lakeminster Park, off Hull Road, in Woodmansey have been told their chalets are just holiday homes.
East Riding Council says the notices do not mean people will be immediately evicted. Unless they appeal, the notices take effect on November 13 and residents have until May 13 to comply.
The park licence says people can stay there all year round but, legally, they must have another full-time address.
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Resident Gwen James, 76, said: "I was disgusted to receive the notice. We bought here because it was 12-month occupancy. We've done nothing wrong, we've paid council tax and everything.
"I've no intention of leaving. They will have to take me out of here in a box."
Mrs James and her husband, Ken, 75, sold up to move to the park and would have to stay with family if they were evicted.
A retrospective planning application by Lakeminster Park developer William Flannigan to allow permanent occupancy was rejected by East Riding Council in May. There were concerns over the risk of flooding at the site and the impact on residents of the construction of a new road nearby. Lakeminster Park Ltd has until November to appeal but has not yet done so.
For residents to appeal against the enforcement notice will cost them £670 but the council says they can club together for a joint appeal if they wish.
The authority says the appeal would suspend the enforcement proceedings and the issue would then be decided by an independent government planning inspector.
An East Riding Council spokesman said: "The council is mindful the enforcement notices will be of concern to people at Lakeminster.
"However, given the clear breach of planning control, the strong objections by other agencies and risk of harm, the council considers it has no other option in the public interest but to take formal proceedings."
Last October, after a previous threat of council enforcement, residents were invited to meet council officials at a meeting chaired by Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart.
Now, a new meeting has been organised, again chaired by Mr Stuart. It will take place at 10am on October 1 at County Hall in Beverley. The developer did not attend the last meeting but has been invited to this one.