Notts woman fined £1,400 over unauthorised flood defences

A Nottinghamshire woman who unlawfully built her own flood defences in a high risk flood zone has been ordered to pay almost £1,400 by magistrates.

Nottingham Magistrates Court. Image by Richard Croft,
Nottingham Magistrates Court. Image by Richard Croft,

According to a statement from Newark and Sherwood District Council, Sarah Louise Howard, of Goosemoor Hall, Weston, last month admitted failing to comply with an enforcement notice issued by the authority's planning officers. 

Howard had formed an earth bund from soil on agricultural land in order to protect a paddock, Nottingham magistrates heard, but the works increased the risk to neighbouring homes. 

Howard had ignored repeated requests from the council’s planning officers that she remove the soil, the council said. 

On top of a £400 fine, Howard was ordered to pay £943.50 in costs and a victim surcharge of £40.

Roger Blaney, chairman of the district council’s planning committee, said: "As recent events demonstrate, flooding can have serious consequences and unauthorised works which may increase those risks will not be tolerated by the council.

"The lack of compliance with such serious matters warrants court action to ensure cooperation with enforcement action taken by officers and ultimately to protect the public from unpermitted development."

Last week, Planning reported the council had won an enforcement case against a man who demolished a 19th century barn in a Nottinghamshire conservation area without planning permission.

Also last week, Planning reported that a landlord who illegally converted her west London home into a house in multiple occupation (HMO) has been ordered to pay more than £400,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

A Planning analysis article examining why tens of thousands of homes are built in high flood risk areas every year can be found here.

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