Owner’s £869 court bill after painting house grey and installing uPVC windows – Stoke-on-Trent Live

A house-proprietor has been slapped with an £869 courtroom invoice – after failing to repaint the entrance of his house And take away uPVC house windows. Stoke-on-Trent Metropolis Council has now twice hauled Aneel Zafar earlier than North Staffordshire Justice Centre after he carried out the works with out planning permission.

The house – on Victoria Park Road, in Tunstall – is in a conservation space and comes with strict planning situations. However Zafar broke The guidelines when he painted the entrance of his house in grey and put in the uPVC house windows with out permission.

The courtroom heard that Zafar was first prosecuted in 2020 and niced £268 after he Did not Adjust to an enforcement discover issued in 2018. And he was this week prosecuted for a second time after his Extreme Court attraction in the direction of the preliminary case was dismissed. He admitted breaching the enforcement discover.

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Council prosecutor Colette Lamb said: “In June, 2018 it was Launched to the council’s consideration that works had been undertaken to the property; the painting of the entrance elevation in darkish grey and set up of uPVC house windows. It is located in A delegated conservation space wright here Article 4 Instructions take away A pair of of the permitted enchancment rights.

“On October 31, 2018 the council served a planning enforcement discover requiring the eradicating of the uPVC house windows and to reinstate timber house windows To commerce People who had been put in. He was furtherly required to repaint a rendered part of the wall to the entrance using white paint.

“An preliminary interval of compliance was given and he was convicted on January 20, 2020. An further interval of compliance was allowed.

“The defendant was unable to Adjust to the discover As a Outcome of of Covid and requested an extension. The council agreed to this and prolonged the date to October 31, 2021. Website visits have been carried out on November 8, 2021 and February 23, 2022 and the discover had not been complied with.”

Aneel Zafar plans to take the matter to the planning inspectorate in Bristol

The 32-yr-previous is now planning to take his case to the Planning Inspectorate.

Justin Worth-Jones, mitigating, said: “It is not a case of him exercising wilful defiance. He was not merely defying the courtroom or the council – he has A exact concern.

“The worth of the house windows Is essential, many hundreds of kilos. It is not one factor he dealt with flippantly preliminaryly And by no means one factor he Desires to get incorrect if he places them again to The distinctive situation.

“When it Includes a monetary penalty it Is apparent That Ought to you impose An monumental nice It is going to distract from the work the council is forcing him To maintain out. I might ask the courtroom to practice leniency.”

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