Council Crackdown on Illegal Building Work
A number of cases before the courts
A series of prosecutions led by Ealing Council has seen four people fined a total of £5,500 for flouting planning regulations.
Sheikh Warak pleaded guilty at Ealing Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 10 June 2010, to a string of illegal building works at a property in Coronation Road, Park Royal. During an inspection of the property, enforcement officers discovered Mr Warak had built a single storey extension, back garden outbuilding and subdivided the garden without planning permission. Mr Warak failed to act on the enforcement notice issued by the council in January 2009 and was ordered to appear at court.
In a separate case heard at Ealing Magistrates’ Court on the same day, Edward Tymoczko and Charles Neal pleaded guilty to building two illegal extensions at a property in Loveday Road, Ealing. They were prosecuted after they ignored an enforcement notice issued in July 2008, which required them to remove one of the extensions and remove the other extension or reduce it to the size previously approved by Ealing’s planning committee.
Mr Jas Dhami pleaded guilty on Thursday, 27 May 2010 to building two flats without planning permission at a house in Osterley Park View Road, Hanwell. Again, the council pursued court action after Mr Dhami had failed to comply with an enforcement notice.
Councillor Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council, said:
“It’s totally unacceptable for people to carry out building works without planning permission and it also shows a certain degree of arrogance. I’m pleased that the court has recognised this, which is reflected in the fines they have dished out. I hope these prosecutions send out the reminder that Ealing Council will prosecute those who flout planning regulations.”
Sheikh Warak was fined £500 and ordered to pay the council’s costs of £941.47 and a victim surcharge of £15. Edward Tymoczko and Charles Neal were fined a total of £3,000 (£1,500 each) and ordered to pay the council’s costs of £2,050.57 and a victim surcharge of £15. Jas Dhami was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay the council’s costs of £1,990.03 and a victim surcharge of £15.
6 July 2010