Hounslow resident fined over £6,000 for illegally knocking down home

Hounslow Council has successfully secured the prosecution of an Isleworth resident that illegally demolished their property.

Published: Tuesday, 14th March 2023

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The Council’s Building Control Service led the investigations after being alerted to the actions by neighbours concerned for their safety and wellbeing. The case, heard at Uxbridge Magistrates Court on 3 February, highlights the adverse effects of illegal building work on the wider community.

The defendant Mr Khan was ordered by the judge to pay a fine of £6,043.34 after being found guilty of instructing a contractor to demolish a building without notifying the Local Authority as required by section 80(2) of the Building Act 1984.

Although the prosecution has been successful, there is still a dangerous structure notice in place and this will remain in place until the remaining front façade is removed or the house is re-built.

Reacting to the court judgement Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Development at Hounslow Council, said:

“I hope this prosecution and hefty fine sends a strong signal that we take these types of crime - which blight our neighbourhoods and threaten the safety of residents – very seriously and are fully prepared to pursue them.

“Flagrant and reckless breaches of planning rules and building regulations are not acceptable in our borough. This serves as a reminder to every resident that the correct procedures must be followed when undertaking construction on your property or hiring contractors.”

For more information on planning and building regulations in the borough visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/planning.

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