‘Warning to others’ as couple receive hefty fine

Enforcement notices are a ‘serious matter’ say council.

A COUNCIL hopes others will be warned not to breach planning regulations after a couple from Clawton were fined more than �20,000.

Colin and Margaret Davis, of Folley Meadow, pleaded guilty of failing to comply with the requirements of two enforcement notices issued by Torridge District Council over an eight year period .

The couple appeared in front of North Devon Magistrates Court on June 21, and were fined �5,000 for each offence with �185 costs on top.

The enforcement notices issued concerned the unauthorised change of use of land from agricultural to residential, and another against unauthorised construction of two sheds and some decking.

Ray Webster, Head of Environment and Public Protection said: “Although the council takes no pleasure in prosecuting people who breach planning regulations, it is sometimes necessary to do so.

“We would always prefer people to work with us and within the regulations and as such non-compliance of a Torridge District Council enforcement notice is a serious matter.

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“The regulations are there to ensure that development in our district is managed in accordance with planning policies.

“I hope that the size of this fine will act as a warning to others to keep within the law.

“It’s there for the benefit of the environment and the people who live in it now and in the future.”

Planning permission for a five caravan site and five hard standings was first refused in 2005, followed by two further applications for the retention of two timber storage buildings in 2010 and 2011.

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