Council sends a clear message; non-compliance will not be tolerated.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Planning enforcement had two enforcement investigations at Fairways Garden Centre which led to two enforcement notices being issued and served.

The cases refer to use of the garden centre for the operation of a paving company and for the stationing of caravans for residential use, the enforcement notices for each investigation were served in 2010 and 2017 respectively.

Despite several attempts by the Council, neither of these two notices were complied with fully. Non-compliance with an enforcement notice is a criminal offence. Therefore, the Council initiated criminal proceedings against the parties involved.

The defendants appeared at Southend Magistrates Court on the 17th of November 2020 and Rochford District Council secured convictions against three defendants.

The case has been adjourned to Basildon Crown Court to deal with confiscation of criminal proceeds.

Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, Cllr Ian Ward said : “This is a great result for the Council and shows that non-compliance with Enforcement Notices in respect of planning permission across the district will not be tolerated and action will be taken.”