Couple Fined For Flouting Building Regs
Four flats built at Midhurst Road property
A couple has been fined over £6,500 for flouting planning regulations at a property in West Ealing.
Yashpal Batra and Geeta Kumari Batra, who live in Jersey Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, pleaded guilty at Ealing Magistrates’ Court to building four separate flats in Midhurst Road, Ealing, which breached planning permission.
The council originally gave planning permission for two flats to be built at the property, but following several complaints by local residents, the council discovered they had built two flats on the ground floor and two flats on the upper floor.
Having made several attempts to get the work corrected, the council issued an enforcement notice. Mr and Mrs Batra appealed to the Secretary of State for planning, who upheld Ealing Council’s enforcement notice in February 2009. They still failed to take action and the council had no option but to prosecute Mr and Mrs Batra.
Councillor David Millican, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport said: “This couple has shown a flagrant disregard for local planning regulations and their actions really infuriated local residents. The council was very clear about what work they could do at the property and It beggars belief that they went away and did something completely different.
“Im pleased the magistrates’ court has recognised this and the case should serve as a warning that planning regulations are not there to be ignored.”
Mr and Mrs Batra have rectified some of the work carried out on the ground floor, but they have yet to change the upper floor. Ealing Council has informed them that they have until Thursday, 11 March, 2010, to start rectifying the unauthorised construction works.
March 1st, 2010