Mobile home owner fined £4000

Winchester City Council successfully prosecuted the owner of Joymont Farm, Curdridge, Mr Liberty Doe, at Fareham Magistrates' Court on 14 October 2005, for failing to comply with two planning enforcement notices.

The notices prohibited the residential occupation of a mobile home at Joymont Farm, by Mr Doe and his wife. The notices also required the mobile home to be removed from the land, together with an unlawfully constructed hardstanding and driveway. 

Mr Doe was fined a total of £4000 - £2000 for each offence - and ordered to pay the Council £2000 costs. 

This is the second time that the City Council has successfully prosecuted Mr Doe for failing to comply with enforcement notices.  He was previously found guilty of the same offence in October 2004 and fined £2000 with £500 costs.

Councillor John Beveridge, the City Council's portfolio holder for planning, said that where development takes place without planning permission and is harmful to the environment, legal action will be taken by the City Council.

"We must ensure that the environment is protected and the City Council will not tolerate flagrant and unacceptable breaches of planning control within the District," he added.