Man who built outbuildings and lake without permission fined £1,300

A man who built outbuildings and a lake without planning permission has been fined over £1,300. 

A man who built outbuildings and a lake without planning permission has been fined over £1,300. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

A man who built outbuildings and a lake without planning permission has been fined over £1,300. 

At a hearing at Ipswich Magistrates' Court, Gary Regan from Lowestoft was convicted of being in breach of an enforcement notice issued by East Suffolk Council. 

The offences relate to wooden outbuildings, jetties, fencing and gates which had been erected without planning permission, along with the formation of a lake and soil bunds, on a piece of land at Dam Lane, Kessingland.  

In 2017, Mr Regan was refused retrospective planning permission for these structures due to the high risk of flooding on the site.  

The structures were also found to be detrimental to the character of the surrounding countryside.  

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Following this, in 2018, Mr Regan was issued with an enforcement notice requiring him to permanently remove the outbuildings and structures, reduce the height of the gates and fencing and permanently fill in the lake and replant the area.  

Mr Regan appealed this notice.  

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An enforcement notice was also served relating to the change of use from agricultural land to private recreational use.  

In 2020, the planning inspectorate dismissed Mr Regan’s appeal and upheld the enforcement notice.  

As Mr Regan failed to comply with the enforcement notice, East Suffolk Council issued proceedings against Mr Regan, who was called to the court last month.

David Ritchie, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for planning and coastal management said: “We only take enforcement action where it is absolutely necessary and, in this case, the development was not only completely out of character with the surrounding countryside, but it was also found to significantly increase the risk of flooding in the local area.”   

The court found Mr Regan guilty of planning offences and fined him £550 for the offences, plus £700 for costs and £55 for the victim surcharge, totalling £1,305.  

He had already been found guilty of one other offence at a previous hearing. 

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