Man fined £1.7K for demolishing 19th century barn in Notts conservation area

A man will have to pay out over £1,700 in fines after he demolished a 19th century barn in a Nottinghamshire conservation area without planning permission.

Nottingham Magistrates Court. Image by brianfagan, Flickr
Nottingham Magistrates Court. Image by brianfagan, Flickr

William Lloyd, of North Park, Mansfield, pleaded guilty before Nottingham Magistrates last week, according to a statement from Newark and Sherwood District Council, which brought the case against him.

Planning permission was originally granted for renovations and alterations to the farmhouse and barn at Chapel Farm, in the village of Epperstone, Nottinghamshire, in July 2018, the council said.

The authority said it was aware that the barn was in poor condition but had identified both the barn and farmhouse as ‘positive buildings within the Epperstone Conservation Area'.

It said a council conservation officer first visited the site in October 2018. At that point, the barn was still standing but by the following month it had been taken down to the "eaves level", according to the authority.

On a further site visit in February the officer discovered the building had been pulled down completely and a new concrete floor had been laid.

At this point, the council issued Lloyd with a temporary stop notice, ordering him to stop any further demolition or re-building work on the barn, which sits in the Epperstone Conservation Area.

Councillor Roger Blaney, chairman of the council’s planning committee, said: "Conservation areas give protected status to help preserve areas of special historical or architectural interest and in this case the law was clearly flouted as the barn was demolished without authority.

"This building was at the heart of the Epperstone Conservation Area and it is sadly a loss to the village’s distinctive character and history."

On top of a £660 fine, Lloyd was ordered to pay costs of £778 and pay a victim surcharge of £340.

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