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£22,000 in fine for Radwinter couple and builder who did unauthorised work on listed building

Cllr Jackie Cheetham

Cllr Jackie Cheetham

A Radwinter couple and their builder have been ordered to pay fines and costs totalling more than £22,000 after unauthorised work was done on a listed building.

A Radwinter couple and their builder have been ordered to pay fines and costs totalling more than £22,000 after unauthorised work was done on a listed building.

Darren Graham and his wife Alexandra, both of Jenkinhog Farm, and their builder Malcolm Green of Chelmer Builders, Great Dunmow, all pleaded guilty to carrying out work to a listed building without consent when they appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on December 18.

The Grahams bought Jenkinhog Farm, a 17th century Grade II Listed building, in October 2011.

They hired Green to undertake some renovations at the property, but as the project progressed it became apparent that more work was involved than originally anticipated.

Instead of stopping work and applying for the necessary consents, Green carried on.

The court heard that once the unauthorised work had been discovered by Uttlesford District Council, the Grahams did call a halt.

The necessary consents have now been applied for and the Grahams want to co-operate with the council to ensure that the property is restored in a proper manner.

The court also accepted that they did not benefit financially by carrying out the work without consent.

However, the court did take a serious view of the matter.

In passing sentence the chairman of the magistrates said that the court felt that Green bore the greater share of the blame as he was an experienced builder and ought to have advised the couple that they needed to apply for listed building consent.

Green was fined £12,000. Mr Graham was fined £6,000 and his wife (who had no independent means) was fined £2,000.

The trio were also ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge each and to contribute £860 each towards the costs of the prosecution.

The fines and costs totalled £22,625.

The magistrates’ chairman said that the fines, which were intended to act as a deterrent to others, would have been significantly higher if the parties had benefited financially as a result of their actions and that each had been reduced by a third to reflect the early guilty plea.

Councillor Jackie Cheetham, deputy leader of Uttlesford District Council and chairman of the planning committee, said: “Uttlesford contains one per cent of the entire nation’s listed buildings and these historic properties are one of the reasons why this district is such a special place.

“The laws regarding listed building consent are there for a reason and this council has a duty to ensure those laws are complied with.

“We will not hesitate to take action where appropriate to ensure such buildings are protected.”

For all the latest news see today’s (Thursday, January 3) Echo.

 

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