Developer faced with �1,000 maximum fine

A maximum �1,000 fine for a developer who ignored conditions of a planning permission was a sign the authorities took such breaches seriously, a council has warned.

A maximum �1,000 fine for a developer who ignored conditions of a planning permission was a sign the authorities took such breaches seriously, a council has warned.

The penalty was imposed on Sean O'Donoghue for failing to comply with an approval to convert a former coach house at Park Lane, Northrepps Road, Cromer.

It included a condition to carry out improvements to the access and on Park Lane. Failure to do them resulted in a breach of condition notice, requiring him to carry out the works within six months. When he did not North Norfolk District Council prosecuted.

Cromer magistrates heard the case in O'Donoghue's absence yesterday imposing the fine and costs of �150.


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After the hearing the council's corporate director Nick Baker said: 'The council's enforcement officers routinely monitor compliance with the conditions imposed on planning permissions. The fact that the court imposed the maximum fine for this type of offence shows that breaches of planning control will be taken seriously by the court.'

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