Council court success proves unlawful development will not be tolerated

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Rochford District Council has secured convictions at Southend Magistrates Court today against a local company, Autoval Limited, based in South Fambridge for offences of failing to comply with an Enforcement Notice and failing to comply with a Breach of Condition Notice. 
The offences started in 2015 and related to using machinery outside of permitted hours and the unlawful storage of materials in the open air to the detriment of the residential amenity and character of the area. 
Multiple residents had provided witness statements to the Courts to support the Council’s case.
The company was sentenced to a £28,500 fine and a victim surcharge of £120.
Rochford District Council were awarded costs of £2,500.
The Portfolio Holder for Planning, Cllr Ian Ward, stated “This conviction sends out a strong message that unlawful development that causes harm to our district and our residents who live here will not be tolerated.  
“Our planning and legal staff have worked extremely hard during the difficulties of the past 11 months to continue to deliver the planning enforcement service and this prosecution is testament to all their hard work”.