An Indian-origin landlord from the Southall suburb of west London has been hit with a whopping 16,000-pound invoice after the native Ealing Council stepped in to knock down an unlawful outbuilding at his property.
Rapinder Sehajpal was instructed final week that he owes the council greater than 16,000 kilos for the demolition of the constructing, after he ignored requests to demolish it himself.
The 45-square-meter outbuilding had been constructed with out planning permission after which illegally let to a household, the council mentioned.
“This gentleman selected to disregard repeated requests to obey the legislation, persevering with to hire out this illegally-build outhouse. It’s completely unacceptable in a contemporary, civilised society for a cramped constructing on the backside of a backyard for use as a household dwelling,” mentioned Councillor Joanna Camadoo-Rothwell, Ealing Council’s lead member for group security and inclusion.
“As we’ve got seen in lots of circumstances throughout the capital, unlawful outbuildings are damaging to our neighbourhoods and pose a really actual well being hazard for these dwelling in them. I’m subsequently happy to see a sturdy method to enforcement on this case, with Mr Sehajpal paying a heavy worth for flouting planning laws,” he mentioned.
The demolition got here after a number of rounds of authorized interventions by the council over a two-year interval have been disregarded by Mr Sehajpal, ”Ealing Information Further” reported.
In Might 2017, the council’s planning enforcement workforce obtained a tip off that the outbuilding on the rear of 1 Industrious Cottages on The Widespread in Southall was getting used as a dwelling.
In December 2017, the council issued a planning enforcement discover in opposition to the development of the unlawful outbuilding, ordering the proprietor to cease letting the constructing after which demolish it.
Mr Sehajpal appealed, saying that he felt the constructing was acceptable in planning phrases. The enchantment was dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate in July 2018 and he was given six months to adjust to the discover.
On a go to to the location in January 2019, planning enforcement officers discovered the outbuilding nonetheless in place, though it was now not being lived in. Regardless of a sequence of additional warning letters, he reportedly didn’t adjust to the enforcement discover.
Lastly, in November 2019 the council had no alternative however to demolish the outbuilding and clear the location, which it did inside a single day, and has now imposed the prices order for it, the council revealed in an announcement on Friday.
The council mentioned it has investigated nearly 10,000 planning breaches over the previous decade and though many circumstances might be resolved informally, at instances robust motion resembling demolition is required.
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