Large court fines for residents who ignore Council enforcement notices

Two men and two women have collectively been ordered to pay over £30,000 after continuously breaching planning control regulations.

Published: Wednesday, 22nd March 2017

An after image of the prosecution.

Two men and two women have collectively been ordered to pay over £30,000 after continuously breaching planning control regulations.

Mr JS Randhawa, Ms JK Randhawa, Ms JK Laly and Mr BS Laly, all of Hounslow, were all prosecuted after Hounslow Council’s planning enforcement team found that a construction of a wooden enclosure at the front of a property in Bath Road, Hounslow, and a canopy extension at the rear, did not have planning permission and the four had ignored notices to remove the structures.

All defendants claimed they were not aware of enforcement notices to remove the structures and of the time in which they were given to remove them, but at Ealing Magistrates Court, they pleaded guilty. They were ordered to pay fines as a group totalling £28,000, along with court costs of £2,761.48 and victim surcharge of £480.00.

The structures were later removed by the four residents.

Councillor Sue Sampson, Cabinet Member for Community Protection, Hounslow Council, said:  “There was ample notice given to remove the structures which had no planning permission, but this was ignored and so the matter went to court.

“The fines and court case could have been prevented if the notices had been adhered to. We are simply saying please don’t ignore these notices as this shows just how much it can cost you

“We are cracking down on those who think they can do what they want and when they want, which is not fair on those who comply by the rules. We will always take the strongest action if necessary.”