Rasen farm owner gets a hefty fine

A FARM owner has been fined a hefty £5,200 after he admitted breaching six council enforcement notices, Lincoln Magistrates’ Court heard.

John Branston, 57, of Candlelight Farm, Sand Lane, Middle Rasen did not comply with the enforcement notices issued under the Town and Country Planning Act in August 2009.

He failed to stop using his land for an agricultural contracting business and did not remove stone materials and reinstate the land to grassland.

He also failed to remove a metal storage container, agricultural machinery, mobile home, drainage tank, dog kennel and surrounding fence from the land.

West Lindsey Council’s planning and development services manager, Mark Sturgess, said: “West Lindsey District Council will not tolerate breaches of planning controls in the open countryside.

“We will seek to take the necessary actions wherever that happens and in this case we were justified in doing so.”

Branston’s fine included £3,700 costs to West Lindsey Council.