A London council is taking legal action against a property developer that it claims annexed part of a public park without permission.

Hillingdon Council said the developer built four houses adjacent to the park, in Uxbridge, in 2010. It later found out the properties’ gardens had been extended and encroached on the public space.

The council stated that its claim was supported by aerial photography, existing records and measurements taken at the site. It added that it had contacted the developer in an attempt to resolve the matter amicably, but had now commenced legal proceedings to reclaim the land.

Councillor Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, commented: “Encroachment onto public land is an ongoing problem for many local authorities. We will always take action when public land that is rightfully there for the enjoyment and benefit of our local residents, is unlawfully taken away by private developers.

“Anyone found encroaching onto public land will be asked to reinstate the correct boundary. Those who fail to do so may be prosecuted.”