Planning enforcement success

Hounslow Council is the most active borough in the country with the number of enforcement notice appeals and notices that are upheld.

Published: Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

Hounslow Council is the most active borough in the country with the number of enforcement notice appeals and notices that are upheld.

The way in which the council tackles breaches of planning regulations has put it at number one out of 25 London and other authorities as having the most active enforcement team.

Between April 2015 and March 2016, Hounslow received 145 appeals against notices with a success rate of 88 per cent, of the notice being upheld and the prosecution going ahead. Only Birmingham Council matched the number of successful appeals.

Among the successful prosecutions for Hounslow were:

  • Pritpal Singh Toor, Bath Road, Hounslow – fined £1,000 for lopping tree, £6,600 for felling tree and ordered to pay costs of £2,437 plus victim surcharge of £120 [Total: £10,157]
  • Pritpal Singh Toor, Harlington Road East, Feltham – fined £6,600 for failure to comply with notice requiring removal or change to two-storey side extension and ordered to pay costs of £1,806 [Total: £8,406]
  • Gurdip Singh Sekhon, Burnham Gardens, Cranford – fined £1,000 for failure to comply with notice to terminate use of outbuilding as self-contained residential building, ordered to pay costs of £1, 767 plus victim surcharge of £15 [Total: £2,782]

The work of the council’s planning enforcement team has continued with much success into the second half of 2016, with several more people taken to court or ordered to demolish or remove illegally built outbuildings.

This includes EuroMillions and Lotto Millionaire Raffle winner George Traykov, who was forced to demolish an illegal outhouse in the garden of his home in Shakespeare Avenue, Feltham. He buckled under pressure from enforcement officers who threatened to prosecute him and bill him for the costs.

Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “This is fantastic news and is a result of a tremendous amount of hard work by our planning enforcement staff.

“It shows that we take reports that someone is not complying with the planning regulations very seriously and will act if this is ignored. We will look to negotiate when investigating complaints and only serve the notices when negotiation breaks down.

“We don’t turn a blind eye and will look into a situation if asked and take the strongest action necessary. The figures and statistics speak for themselves but we also rely on residents letting us know if they think something is not right.

“I would like to thank the staff whose hard work, knowledge and expertise has led us to ensuring that we take action for the benefit of our residents, so they can live in a safe and enjoyable environment.”

To see how Hounslow topped the league table [information compiled by planning consultants Plainview Planning Ltd] visit Plainview Planning