A homeowner in Pimlico who built a bungalow on green belt land in Pimlico and then failed to take it down when ordered has appeared in court.
Adam Kenealy was ordered to pay a total of £12,764 for failing to comply with Three Rivers District Council.
He had lodged an appeal with an independent planning inspector but lost after the inspector stated that he had with an enforcement notice seeking the removal of a bungalow within the Metropolitan Green Belt.
In March 2017 the Council successfully defended an enforcement appeal, relating to the erection of a bungalow, after the Planning Inspector stated that Mr Kenealy had previously provided untrue information and influenced others to falsify documents during the investigation in an attempt to mislead the council.
The unauthorised bungalow was required to be removed last September but was still in situ in early 2018 which led to the council escalating matters to St Albans Magistrates Court.
Mr Kenealy pleaded guilty on all four charges and in mitigation apologised for his actions and advised that he had learnt a lesson.
In sentencing the defendant the court announced, “Mr Kenealy you could have told the truth about how long the bungalow had been there. You lied and said it was there for longer than four years. The Council had to go into the process of proving otherwise. You have not complied with the enforcement notice and now you plead guilty and say you are sorry.”
The bungalow has now been demolished and the council are awaiting restoration of the land.
Kimberley Rowley, Head of Regulatory Services, said: “This case should be a warning to others within the District who wish to develop without planning permission. The consequences can be severe as Mr Kenealy has subsequently found out.
“Land owners are always encouraged to seek pre-application engagement before commencing work and this can prevent enforcement action and possible financial implications.”