Tough action on planning breaches

Lincoln Magistrates Court.
Lincoln Magistrates Court.

West Lindsey District Council says it is taking a tough stance against people who breach planning regulations.

The message comes after the authority took legal action against a Dunholme 

Charles Pickering, of Ashling Farm, appeared at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, October 8 and pleaded guilty to breaching a planning enforcement notice, relating to a development at Glebe Farm near 

He was fined £800 and ordered to pay costs of more than £1,206 as well as an £80 victim surcharge.

WLDC chief operating officer Mark Sturgess said: “This gives a strong message to those who breach planning regulations that it will not be tolerated.

“We give everyone the opportunity to comply but if they breach enforcement notices, we will take 

And Mr Sturgess said he was pleased with the outcome of the case.

He said: “This is a very successful outcome for the council and the defendant had to pay more than £2,000 for breaching planning 

“This demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that planning regulations are complied with across the district.

“We want this decision to be seen as a positive example of action for the residents of West Lindsey and to make it clear that where appropriate, we will use the powers that we have available.”

If you have any concerns about developments happening in your local area then you can contact West Lindsey District Council on 01427 676