10th Dec, 2016

Alcester couple fined £6,700 for flouting planning laws

Stratford Editorial 15th Oct, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

FLOUTING planning laws cost an Alcester couple more than £6,000 after they failed to comply with an enforcement notice.

Paul and Hayley Maddix, of Toll Bar Cottage, Haselor, were prosecuted by Stratford District Council and having pleaded guilty, they were ordered to pay a fine of £6,705.06.

Magistrates at Nuneaton Justice Centre heard how the council had issued a notice relating to the unlawful siting of five caravans – subsequently reduced to three – on green belt land owned by the couple.

There had also been a change of use and the caravans were being used for sleeping accommodation or additional living space.

But despite being given the notice, the pair failed to act and the council began legal proceedings.

The district council’s decision was deemed reasonable and proportionate by magistrates and the couple were made to pay a court fine as well as the council’s full costs of £5,955.06.