Developer fined

14th August 2012

The owner of a property in Chorleywood has been fined over £20,000 after failing to take notice of a Stop Notice served by Three Rivers District Council.

Mr David Lewis, the applicant and owner of 81 Quickley Lane, Chorleywood, was approved planning permission in March 2010 for the erection of three two-bed dwellings with associated access, off street parking, bin store provision and landscaping.

Works began prior to the discharge of pre-commencement conditions.  In addition the development was not being built in accordance with the approved plans – the building being wider and higher and with an additional bedroom in the roof space.

Three Rivers District Council served an Enforcement Notice in February 2012. A Stop Notice was served at the same time which prohibited any further works on site, this came into effect on 13.02.2012. Ongoing activity at the site after this date resulted in the Council pursuing a prosecution and also obtaining an Injunction from the High Court.

The prosecution was heard at the Magistrates Court in St Albans on 3 August 2012 where Mr Lewis pleaded guilty to the six offences presented by the Council. He was fined £3500 for each offence totalling a £21,000 fine. He was also ordered to pay the Council’s costs of £1556 and a victim surcharge of £15, the total being £22,571.