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Planning breach man hit with confiscation order

A man who extended his home in West London without planning permission has been fined £15,000 and had £23,350 confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Mayur Naturbhai Patel made rooftop alterations to his property in Holland Park, Kensington (Ab Fab, darling), without planning permission, and did not comply with a council enforcement notice requiring them to be removed.

Enforcement officers issued the notice following complaints that major work was being carried out at the house. They found the roof had been altered and that a large roof extension and a rear roof had been constructed.

The changes were considered unauthorised development that harmed the appearance of the Norland Conservation Area in which the property sits.

Last month Patel pleaded guilty to breaching the Town and Country Act 1990.

He was later fined at Isleworth Crown Court and received a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act which allows the proceeds of an illegal business to be confiscated. He was also ordered to pay the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s costs of £3,580.

In his defence Patel claimed to have received verbal confirmation from his architect and a planning officer that the alterations would be acceptable.

In his closing remarks His Honour Judge Phillip Matthews said he thought Patel had acted with the “utmost stupidity” and that it was no mitigation to say he relied on the advice of architects. Clearly he should have taken advice from Exeter Planning!

Timothy Coleridge, cabinet member for planning policy, said “I am very pleased that the court has made this ruling. We were determined that Mr Patel should not gain financially from his illegal development”

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