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Sheerwater couple prosecuted TWICE for flouting planning regulations


Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 4:29pm 11th January 2019. (Updated at 4:39pm 11th January 2019)

Woking Borough Council has warned it will take action against unauthorised developments after a local couple were convicted for a second time of planning breaches.

It comes after the Sheerwater residents built an extension to their house without planning permission - including a first floor front, side and rear extension, and a rear balcony.

Following a previous conviction in May 2017 for failing to comply with a Planning Enforcement Notice issued three years earlier, they were convicted again in November last year, after it was found they had not removed all of the extension.

By the time they were summonsed to court a second time, only the rear balcony had been taken down.

The unauthorised first floor front, side and rear extension was finally demolished just days before the trial date.

They were found guilty at Aldershot Magistrates Court on November 28 2018 and each fined £400 and ordered to pay a contribution towards Woking Council’s costs of £750 and a £40 victim surcharge, a total of £2,380.

Cllr Ashley Bowes, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning Services, said:

“I hope that this second prosecution sends a clear message that breaches of planning will not be tolerated and legal action will be taken wherever necessary to prevent unauthorised developments taking place across the Borough.

“I would strongly urge residents who wish to develop on their land to fully research planning regulations first, to make sure that whatever they build benefits from all the necessary consents.

"The Council is here to support and advise residents every step of the way.

"Failure to do so is likely to cause unnecessary expense and hassle that is far in excess of just doing the job properly in the first place.”

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