Woman fined for flouting planning laws

The owner of a Tuxford property has been prosecuted after they built an extension without planning permission and then failed to comply with planning enforcement notices.

Sarah Bown, who owns the property on Machin Close in Tuxford, was found guilty for non-compliance with a Planning Enforcement Notice at Mansfield Magistrates Court on 22nd May 2017 and fined £900, in addition to paying a £90 victim surcharge and costs of £209.

Bassetlaw District Council pursued the prosecution after Miss Bown, and her father Richard Bown who was living in the property at the time, had failed to respond to repeated correspondence from the Council over a period of two-and-a-half years.

This included advice on submitting a retrospective planning application, failure to complete and return a Requisition for Information Notice, which is a criminal offence, and failing to comply with a Planning Enforcement Notice for the removal of the extension.

Beverley Alderton Sambrook, Head of Regeneration at Bassetlaw District Council said: “This is a clear message that unauthorised development will not be tolerated and that the Council will continue to pursue legal action on such cases.

“Miss Bown and her father had ample opportunities to correspond with and abide by the Council’s requests but repeatedly chose to ignore these warnings until it was too late. The owner of the property and her father had no legal right to construct this extension which had an overbearing impact on their neighbours and they have now rightly been dealt with by the courts.”

Published: Tuesday 13 June 2017