Man is fined for planning breach

IGNORING three planning notices has landed an Aldingbourne man with a court bill of more than £1,000.

Kevin Hughes, 52, of Fox House, Lidsey Road, Aldingbourne pleaded guilty to failing to comply with three enforcement notices when he appeared at Chichester Magistrates’ Court on July 9.

He was fined £150 for each of the three offences, ordered to pay £697 court costs and a victim surcharge of £15.

Hughes had built a music room at his property and operated a stone mason’s business from the premises without consent.

He also had employees of his stone masonry business living on site in the caravans without relevant permissions.

Enforcement notices were served by Arun District Council in 2010.

The notices were issues by the autority after complaints by residents of neighbouring properties.

Appeals against the notices were dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate giving Hughes until June 16 of last year to carry out the required works, but that deadline was not met.

The notices have now been complied with.

The caravans and music room have been removed and the stonemasonry use ceased. 

Speaking outside of court, Ricky Bower, Arun District Council’s cabinet member for planning, said: “Despite repeated warnings and the enforcement notice, the defendant continued to flout the law and we were left with no option but to pursue court proceedings.

“Arun District Council does not tolerate such breaches of the law and we will seek to prosecute wherever necessary.”