The belief that a holiday let is being used illegally has led to another fine for a repeat offender from the Rugby borough.
There is reason to believe the holiday home in Granitethorpe Quarry, Sapcote, is being used as a permanent home, the council has said.
This is a breach of planning controls, but attempts by the authority to contact the occupants and landowner, John Roger Mac – of Hinckley Road, Wolvey -through a planning contravention notice (PCN) went unanswered. The notice was intended to help the council find out what was going on and would have given Mac and the occupants a chance to put across their point of view, the council said.
Blaby District Council then took the matter to Leicester Magistrates’ Court where Mac was found guilty of non-compliance with a PCN. He was ordered to pay a total of £875 which included a fine of £220, costs of £567, as well as a victim surcharge of £88.
Mac has been fined a number of times already by the council for illegal building work on various sites. He was hit with a fine of almost £9,000 last October for starting building work after failing to stop illegal building work at the quarry, when the council’s Planning Enforcement team said the single structure under construction had not been permitted and had an “unsympathetic and unduly urbanising effect on the site’s rural character and appearance”.
Another fine of £1,897.50 was issued for illegal building work in February of this year. The building under construction at Mill Bank House, also in Sapcote, was was not in the position agreed when planning permission was granted and was bigger than it should be, the council said, resulting in the over-development of the site.
The planning inspectorate – the Government body which oversees planning disputes – ruled in agreement with the council in February last year, and Mac was given six months to clear the land and return it to grass. When he failed to do so within the six months, Blaby District Council started legal proceedings.