Breach of planning rules leads to fine

Press Release: 31/08/2012

Magistrates in Winchester have fined a Sparsholt resident for failing to comply with a Planning Enforcement Notice issued by Winchester City Council. Mr Michael Lee was fined £1300 and ordered to pay costs amounting to £458.

The Enforcement Notice was served after Mr Lee sited a residential mobile home on land that he owned in Ham Green, Sparsholt without planning permission. Mr Lee argued that he needed to live on the land to be able run his alpaca rearing business, however, a Government appointed Inspector ruled that there was no special justification for him to reside on the land. The mobile home was required to be removed from the land by 29 February 2012, but subsequent inspections by the Council’s Enforcement team established that the mobile home remained in situ and was continuing to be occupied.

In Court, Mr Lee pleaded guilty to not complying with the terms of the Enforcement Notice.

Cllr Victoria Weston, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transport said,

The decision by Mr Lee to move a residential mobile home onto the land without planning permission has proved costly. The planning regulations are there to protect the countryside from development which doesn’t need to be located there and the Council will take robust enforcement action against those individuals who occupy land without permission”.

Mr Lee had already previously been found guilty of failing to comply with a Stop Notice, which was served on the mobile home when it was first brought onto the land. Further legal action could be instigated against Mr Lee should he fail to comply with the requirements of the notice or alternatively, the Council could instruct contractors to remove the mobile home, the costs of which would then be charged to Mr Lee.