Published Monday, 25 September 2017

A man who continually breached planning enforcement notices served by Waverley Borough Council has been fined £5,000.

Michael Robinson, of Water Lane, Farnham, appeared at  Guildford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 13 September and pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a formal notice to cease car repairs at his residential address.


Cllr Chris Storey, Portfolio Holder for Planning Enforcement, said: “Despite repeated warnings from the council, the defendant continued to carry out car repairs at his home address. The property is within a protected area of countryside, right next to a public footpath and isn’t suitable for a car repair business. The council resorts to taking people to court only when they break the law and continually ignore enforcement notices.”


The case against Mr Robinson has history dating back three years and the council has visited the property five times, issued three letters and issued an enforcement notice during this time.


He was ordered to pay a fine of £5,000 and the council’s legal costs of a further £469.33 and a victim surcharge of £120.