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Planning crackdown across Aldershot as fines handed down for flouting regulations

Three individuals and a company were prosecuted after refusing to meet planning regulations

Rushmoor Borough Council

The courts and council are continuing to crackdown on those who breach planning control across Aldershot.

Rushmoor Borough Council (RBC) has brought prosecutions against three individuals and a company for refusing to meet planning regulations.

Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court heard how Suneet Jain, of Manor Road, Mohammed Farooq Choudhary, also of Manor Road, and Jan Mandozai, of Homerton Road in London, had failed to comply with an enforcement notice and terms of a breach of condition notice, issued on October 1 2015.

The trio admitted the failings, in relation of a development at 2-8 Halimote Road. In 2011 permission was granted for a change of use of the ground and first floor offices to residential, and the building of a two-storey side extension to create nine one-bedroom flats.

But in October 2015, RBC served breach of condition and enforcement notices on Choudhary, Jain and Mandozai, giving them three months to remedy unauthorised breaches of planning control.

Failure to comply

Magistrates heard that the defendants had failed to remove the west-facing flat roofed element of a two-story extension and replace it with a pitched roof to comply with the approved plans.

They had also failed to implement the agreed arrangement of windows, provide the correct hard and soft landscaping and the approved cycle store.

Jain was fined £450 and ordered to pay a £90 victim surcharge and £360 towards the council costs while Choudhary was fined £500 and ordered to pay a £50 victim surcharge and £360 costs. Mandozai was fined £375 and ordered to pay a £38 victim surcharge and £360 costs.

In a separate case on the same day, the court heard that the The Surrey and Hants Tree Company Ltd admitted felling a mature conifer tree that was subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). Jain admitted to allowing it to be felled at his address.

On April 30 2014 the council received information that the tree, which was within the Cargate Avenue Conservation Area, had been felled.

'Hope this serves as a warning to others'

The Surrey and Hants Tree Company Ltd was ordered to pay a fine of £1,665, a victim surcharge of £167 and £360 costs. Jain was fined £900 and ordered to pay £360 costs.

Chairman of the development management committee at the borough council, Councillor Bruce Thomas, said: “We must do our utmost to protect the nature of conservation areas, and that includes the trees.

“It was the duty of both Mr Jain and The Surrey and Hants Tree Company to establish the status of the tree and seek consent before carrying out works or felling it. They failed to do this and have been convicted as a result.

“In the case of the breach of condition and enforcement notices the three defendants were given ample time and opportunity to sort these issues out but they failed to take action to comply with the terms of their permissions, leaving the council with no option other than to bring a prosecution.

“I hope this serves as a warning to other developers who think they can flout the conditions of their planning permission.”



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