A WOOTTON Wawen farmer has been ordered to pay £5,000 for illegally breaking up cars and storing scrap metal on his farm in a case that goes back 27 years.
Guy Evans, of Field Farm, Pennyford Lane, pleaded guilty before magistrates in Leamington to contravening an enforcement notice issued by Stratford District Council in 1986.
He was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay the council’s costs of £3,000 following a court case last week.
Cllr Chris Williams (Cons, Fenny Compton), chairman of the council’s regulatory committee, said after the hearing: “I am pleased with the court’s ruling, especially for the local people living nearby. This has been an ongoing enforcement case for a number of years and demonstrates that planning enforcement is a very complex area and can be a long drawn out and expensive process and is not something that can be resolved overnight.”
Evans initially complied with the enforcement notice served 27 years ago, but then between 2001 and 2005 the council received complaints that he was storing scrap metal.
Although the judge did not describe his operation as a “scrap business”, according to the council he was breaking up vehicles for other people.
After the complaints, Mr Evans applied for a certificate allowing him to store scrap metal on the site but it was refused. He appealed the decision but a government inspector decided in favour of the council, and told them they could pursue any breaches of the 1986 enforcement notice.
The council took Evans to court for unlawfully storing scrap metal, tyres and old car engines, where last week, he was handed the fines. It is now looking at other potential unauthorised activities on site.
Cllr Williams added: “People who continue to break these rules and threaten the character of the district risk legal action and significant penalties. This case demonstrates that the district council will not be deterred from taking action, when appropriate.”
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