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Torridge Successfully Prosecute Planning Breaches

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On the 2nd October Torridge District Council's Planning Enforcement Team successfully prosecuted Mr Jonathan Long of Littlemoor, Great Eckworthy, Buckland Brewer, for failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice.

Mr Long's breaches included: changing the access, making a hard standing, change of use, using vehicles for residential purposes, and the siting of storage containers.

The Judge said that this was a case of flagrant breaches of planning laws which had gone on for several years and which had created an eyesore in an agricultural area.

Mr Long was fined £1,000 and was also ordered by the court to pay nearly £3,000 in prosecution costs. Should Mr Long default of paying the money owed within 12 months, he will receive a sentence of 28 days in prison.

Lead Member for Planning at Torridge, Councillor Peter Watson said:

"This prosecution is good news for residents of Torridge. It sends out a clear message that those people who flout planning legislation and have a detrimental impact on our local environment will be pursued by the Council. Our Planning Enforcement officers have a difficult role to play because the laws relating to planning enforcement are very complex and cases can be very time consuming. But they continue to do all they can, within the limits of the Council's powers, to serve Enforcement Notices and prosecute transgressors wherever it is expedient to do so."

04 October 2017