Landowner prosecuted after ignoring Enforcement Notices

03/04/2019, PR-9030

The owner of a smallholding on Green Belt land at Kirkgate Lane, Felkirk has been ordered to pay £588 in total after not complying with the Council's Planning Enforcement Notices. 

John Humphreys, aged 42, of East Street, Havercroft failed to remove unauthorised buildings, caravan and containers from the land.

A £250 fine was issued by Leeds Magistrates' Court, alongside costs and a victim surcharge, on 2 April after Mr Humphreys repeatedly ignored Enforcement Notices, which the Council issued after receiving numerous complaints from concerned residents about development without planning permission.

Mr Humphreys even continued to construct further buildings, which are housing pigs, close to residential properties and on Green Belt land.

Neil Rodgers, Wakefield Council's Service Director for Planning, Transportation and Highways, said: "The Council takes planning enforcement very seriously, and will not hesitate to take legal action when required. We abide by national Green Belt policies and the owner will be required to comply with the Enforcement Notices."

Mr Humphreys must now clear his land otherwise further legal action will be considered.

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