Teepees, hot tub shelters and flagpoles among Peak District planning breaches

Teepees, hot tub shelters and flagpoles – just some of the planning breaches Peak Park chiefs have come down on over the last three months.

Officers from the Peak District National Park Authority have dealt with 28 breaches of planning control between July and September.

In Youlgrave, an unauthorized teepee was ordered to be taken down, while in Ashford-in-the-Water a flagpole attached to the outbuilding of a listed building was deemed inappropriate.

A shelter over a hot tub was removed from a holiday let in Bakewell and the owners of a property in Bradwell were given three months notice to demolish a porch that was not found to comply with regulations.

The shelter over a hot tub got its owners into hot water with the planning authority

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A report written for the planning committee, revealed the authority is on track to resolve its target of 150 planning breaches this year.

It said: “The number of breaches outstanding has fallen by 10 over the quarter and currently stands at 620 cases.

“At the end of September 2020, the number outstanding was 670 so there has been good progress on reducing the overall caseload over the last year.”

Peak Park aims to respond to 80 per cent of enquiries about potential planning breaches within 30 working days.

In the last quarter it responded to 71 per cent of enquiries within the desired timeframe. This failure to meet the target was put down to vacancies within the team.

The Peak District National Park authority aims to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Peak District and promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the area by the public.