Conviction for planning breach

Shepperton landowner convicted for breach of planning notice

A Lyne resident has been ordered to pay more than £7,500 in fines and court costs for an offence under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 after legal action was taken by Spelthorne Borough Council.

Edward Cash, the owner of a plot of land in Chertsey Road, Shepperton, had been served a temporary stop notice by the Council to prevent him continuing to build a wall with piers and access to Chertsey Road. This was in breach of a planning condition associated with a planning permission which had previously been given to build a stable on the land. The construction of the wall continued despite temporary stop notice having been served, which amounted to a criminal offence.

Cash appeared before Guildford Magistrates' Court on Monday, 6 August, where he pleaded guilty to the charge.

He was fined a total of £5,000 and ordered to pay the Council's legal costs of £2,414. He was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.

Councillor Colin Barnard, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, said: "Planning enforcement is undertaken to protect our environment and our communities and this action shows that we will pursue those who deliberately flout the rules."