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February 13th, 2018 | 10:30 AM | 1182 views
A couple built a new house in their garage then hid it behind a fake door to get round planning rules.
Dr Reeta Herzallah and Hamdi Almasri carried out the unauthorised work behind their house in Enderby, Leicester.
They even tried to hind the house behind a fence, Leicester Magistrates’ Court heard.
Neighbours reported them after noticing that unauthorised work was being carried out and they were put under investigation.
A spokesman for Blaby District Council said: ‘The development included the conversion of their garage to habitable accommodation and the erection of fencing, preventing off street parking at the property.
‘The couple also undertook illegal works within the highway and created an unauthorised vehicle access onto the busy B4114 dual carriageway.’
Planning permission granted for the original housing development in 2007 included conditions stating that car parking facilities, including the garage, should permanently remain available to ease potential on-street parking issues.
Further planning permission was also required to build the driveway.
The council spokesman said: ‘Our enforcement team were first made aware of the breaches in October 2015 and made numerous approaches to Dr Herzallah and Mr Almasri to resolve the matter.
‘A retrospective planning application to retain the works was submitted by the defendants in July 2016 but was refused and subsequently dismissed on appeal by the Planning Inspectorate in February 2017.’
He added: ‘After further correspondence from the council, some remedial works were undertaken by the defendants in May and June of 2017, which included the removal of fencing.
‘Inspections by officers in July and August 2017 confirmed, however, that the garage had not been restored to its approved use, with the inserted door and window concealed by a propped up garage door.
‘A final site visit in November 2017 confirmed that the required works to the garage had still not been undertaken, following we sought prosecution for the offence.’
The defendants were each ordered by magistrates to pay a £770 fine, legal costs of £1,252, and a £77 victim surcharge.
The garage will have to be restored to its original use.
Commenting on the case, Coun Sheila Scott, the council’s cabinet member for planning, said: ‘The message from this case is clear. If you breach planning regulations and ignore us we will not just go away.
‘Creating an access onto the busy B4114 and blocking off valuable off-road parking space was completely unacceptable.’
She added: ‘We will be following up the successful prosecution with a further visit to ensure that all the requirements of the Breach of Condition Notice are fully complied with.’
courtesy of METRO
by Richard Hartley-Parkinson
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