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Solihull man fined £1,000 for operating business without planning permission

Aisling Kiely 29th Jun, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A BOROUGH man has been found guilty of continuing to operate an unauthorised caravan storage business in Meriden after appearing before Birmingham Magistrate’s Court on Thursday (June 23).

Vaughan Williams, who operated his business without planning permission, was issued with a £1,000 fine, an enforcement notice and instructed to leave the site by Solihull Council.

But, the culprit failed to comply and has been ordered to pay a further £1,000.

Solihull Planning Commitee chair, Coun David Bell, Chair of Solihull’s Planning Committee said: “Mr Williams has been using this piece of land to store caravans for almost two years which is a breach of planning legislation and at times, there have been in excess of 30 caravans on the site.

“He has subsequently ignored an enforcement notice and this outcome demonstrates that the Council takes these matters seriously and we will take appropriate action to ensure people who choose to commit an offence face the consequences.”

Solihull Council will continue to monitor the area over the coming weeks and will seek to prosecute Mr Williams again if he fails to leave the site.

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