Council takes action to clear abandoned building site in Kempsey

Malvern Hills District Council has taken direct action to clear an abandoned building site in Kempsey.

The council cleared the former Baptist Chapel site on Church Street after the landowner was prosecuted and fined for not complying with an enforcement notice.

A 'tidy up' enforcement notice was served on 21 May 2018 and required the landowner to demolish a partly constructed building and remove overgrown vegetation.

Planning permission had been granted in October 2008 for two houses on the site and whilst one of the houses was completed, the other was only partly built and then left to deteriorate.

Since then, the site had become overgrown and the partly constructed building was considered to have a detrimental impact on the visual appearance of the Kempsey Conservation Area.

After being prosecuted in April 2019, the owner was given a final chance to clear the site but after still failing to do so the council brought in contractors to carry out the work.

The work was completed in two phases with two separate contractors. Firstly, the removal of the building, which was completed on 16 July 2020 and secondly, the clearance of the overgrown vegetation which was completed during the last week of November 2020.

Cllr David Harrison, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Infrastructure and Flooding at Malvern Hills District Council, said: "Malvern Hills District Council will seek to ensure that the character and appearance of our conservation areas are protected. We will not hesitate to take formal action where it is necessary and in the public interest to do so".

The overgrown building on Church Street.
The site being cleared.
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