Ashfield man 'who took law into his own hands' fined £4,000 for planning breaches
A Stanton Hill man has been fined more than £4,000 for erecting a structure on land without planning permission.
Olumide Oluremi Bambo put up the structure on land he did not own and was served with an enforcement notice to remove it by Ashfield District Council last July.
But he ignored the notice or failed to appeal it and at Nottingham Magistrates Court on Monday (March 29) was found guilty of failing to comply with the order.
The defendant was hit with a £3,000 fine and ordered to pay a £190 victim surcharge and £1,000 costs.
Ruth Dennis, director of legal and governance at the district council, said the case would send a ‘clear message’ to folk who flout planning guidelines and think they are ‘above the law’.
“The council welcomes the outcome of the case against Mr Bambo,” she said.
"We know how much this has affected nearby residents in Stanton Hill, so it was important that we took firm and decisive action against him.
“This case sends a clear message that breaches of planning will not be allowed under any circumstances and action will be taken wherever necessary to conserve our district.
“The council will not tolerate people who think they can take the law into their own hands. The planning process is fair and is in place to deter inappropriate
developments like this.
"I would like to urge residents who wish to develop their property to fully research the planning regulations first and, if in doubt, to check with us to save unnecessary expense and hassle. We are here to offer advice and support.”