Landowner fined for breaching planning rules

A landowner who breached two planning enforcement notices in the Green Belt has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 in fines and court costs.

St Albans Magistrates' Court heard on Monday (25 September) how Talet Malik, landowner and director of Microworld Farms Ltd, put up more than 450 fencing posts and constructed a roadway over 650 metres in length on land at Upper Bourne End Lane, Hemel Hempstead, without planning permission.

These developments were considered to cause harm to the Green Belt and as a result two enforcement notices were served last year. These notices required the removal of these features and the restoration of the land to its original appearance. However, the requirements were not met within the stated timescales and, as such, two offences were committed under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Mr Malik pleaded guilty to the offences and received a fine of £4,000 (£2,000 per enforcement notice) and was ordered to pay costs of £3,420, as well as a victim charge of £200, making a total of £7,620.

Philip Stanley, Lead Enforcement Planning Officer, said: “We will take the appropriate action against breaches of planning regulations, including going to the courts, if necessary."

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