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Planning breaches rack up penalties

by on July 10, 2014

A man who ignored a planning enforcement notice and continued to sell and store vehicles on Green Belt land in west Yorkshire has been ordered to pay back nearly £225,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Kirklees Council prosecuted Norman Hargreaves, of Lees House Farm, Shaw Cross, Dewsbury, under section 179 of the Town and Country Planning Act.

Hargreaves was also fined £650 for each offence – totalling £4,550 – and ordered to pay £10,000 towards the prosecution costs.

Councillor Steve Hall, cabinet member for planning and highways, said: “This was a substantial confiscation order for ignoring an enforcement notice and shows that breaching planning law can be a very expensive business.”
In a separate but related development a man who extended his house in Holland Park, Kensington, without planning permission has been fined £15,000 at Isleworth Crown Court, and had £25,350 confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Mayur Naturbhai Patel, aged 54, was also ordered to pay the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s costs of £3,580. He faces 15 months in prison if he fails to pay the confiscation order in three months.

He pleaded guilty to breaching the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 after making major rooftop alterations to his Portland Road property in west London without planning permission and failed to comply with a council enforcement notice requiring them to be removed.

Read the Kirklees Council news release.


Due to technical issues this week’s news stories are published on the Director’s Blog. They will be published on the Planning Portal in due course.

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