Retford takeaway owner fined for breach of Listed Building Enforcement

A takeaway owner at Bridgegate, Retford, has been fined for failing to comply with a Listed Building Enforcement Notice.

On 7 April 2021 Davod Sadeghi Mazidi pleaded guilty to the offence and was ordered by Nottingham Magistrates’ Court to pay £64 for the failure to comply with the notice, a victim surcharge of £34, and the prosecution costs of £1,275.44, making the total £1,373.44.

Mr Mazidi was first contacted on 13 May 2019 when the breach of planning control was identified due to the unauthorised installation of an illuminated fascia sign, an illuminated projecting sign and security shutters to the front of the building which had been undertaken without prior Listed Building Consent and Advertising Consent.

On 24 June 2019 Mr Mazidi was issued with the Listed Building Enforcement Notice to take effect from 1 August 2019 that required remedial works to be carried out on the building. This included the removal of the fascia, sign and security shutters. He was also required to restore the buildings original appearance by reinstating the timber fascia board and repainting the shop front. The compliance date for the removal of the structures was 1 November 2019 with failure to comply with such a notice being a criminal offence.

Councillor David Pidwell, Chair of Planning at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “Listed Buildings have very specific requirements to preserve their special or historical features and character. Unauthorised changes made to Listed Buildings that are challenged and being in breach of Listed Building Enforcement can result in fines or even a possible prison sentence.”

“Listed Building consent is required for any works that will alter the character or appearance of a Listed Building and this includes alterations, extensions or demolition. It is crucial that consent for such changes is established before any works are carried out”.

The premises were inspected on 13 March 2020 and 12 August 2020 with non-compliance with the notice discovered and documented on both occasions. By the final hearing date on 7 April 2021, the remedial works remained incomplete and did not meet the expected standard outlined in the Listed Building Enforcement Notice.

Last Updated on Friday, August 20, 2021