Company prosecuted for not having planning permission
Published Friday, 15 February 2019
A company has been prosecuted for failing to comply with the enforcement notice following the conversion of offices into residential accommodation without planning permission.
Winstaple Ltd, the owners of 153-155 Penge High St, appeared at Bromley Magistrates Court and pled guilty to breaching the enforcement notice, therefore was ordered by the court to pay a total of £4,128.
“We welcome the company’s commitment to reinstate the offices and we will be monitoring this to make sure this takes place. Development work that is carried out without permission can potentially damage the character and attractiveness of an area. Making sure that planning permission is in place is extremely important and we will take action when we find that planning laws have been breached” said Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement.
An investigation on the breach of development control relating to Winstaple Ltd followed the refusal of a retrospective planning application. It emerged during investigation that all 4 of the occupied flats had been converted from office accommodation prior to Winstaple’s ownership.
On 27 November 2017, an enforcement notice was issued for the material change of the use of the first floor to 2 two bedroom flats, a one bedroom and a three bedroom flat. This notice gave 3 months to comply, however no attempt was made to comply with the notice. After buying the property in 2016, Winstaple Ltd admitted they applied for planning permission that had been refused after buying the property with existing tenants. As a result of not following through with notice as they should have, Winstaple Ltd was prosecuted.
Notes to editors:
The case was heard at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on 30 January 2019. Winstaple Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching the enforcement notice and was ordered to pay fines of £3,500, reduced from £5,000, costs of £458 plus £170 Court Surcharge.
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