Fine for breaching planning regulations 

Plodder Lane home
The home on Plodder Lane

A homeowner will have to pay more than £400 after breaching planning regulations.

Mohammed Khan, age 32, of Plodder Lane, pleaded guilty for failing to comply with a notice served under the planning regulations, at Bolton Magistrates Court on January 15.

Khan was fined £100, received costs £320 and a £30 victim surcharge. He will also be required to change the cladding on three dormers on his house.

In March 2015, Khan received planning permission for the erection of a two-storey extension to the rear and loft conversion with dormers, on Plodder Lane.

A condition was imposed requiring the dormer fronts and cheeks to be clad in materials similar to the existing roof.

Building work was carried out to the property but a complaint was raised with Bolton Council’s planning enforcement team, after the dormers were clad in upvc timber like materials – not slate.

The matter was initially reported to Bolton Council in March 2017 and the council served an enforcement notice on April 27, 2017 requiring the homeowner to change the cladding on the dormers to materials similar to the existing roof, within 60 days.

On July 11, 2017, an enforcement officer visited the property and found the UPVC cladding was still in place.

On July 24, 2017, a letter with a series of questions was sent to Khan.

On August 10, 2017, an agent on behalf of Khan replied that complying with the condition would constitute a hazard to members of the public walking past the property and to the residents of the property. 

However, no evidence was submitted to the council in relation to this and Khan could face court action again if he refuses to change the cladding material.

Director of Place, Stephen Young, said: “The reason for the condition being imposed was to ensure that the development visually reflected the existing building. 

“This is a home on a main arterial route in Farnworth, and the cladding stood out like a sore thumb.

“This case sends a clear message that we will take action if planning permission is breached.”

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