A couple who flouted planning laws when building an extension to their home have been slapped with a fine and now have criminal records.
Ismail and Sevim Aslan built a single-storey side extension with an attached canopy and a concrete boundary higher than one metre without getting planning permission.
The Leicestershire couple applied for retrospective permission in July 2021, but it was refused due to its “unsatisfactory design and external appearance”.
Blaby District Council also said the development represented an “incongruous, dominant, and significantly prominent feature that was considerably out of keeping with the character and appearance of the locality”.
The Aslans were given an enforcement notice by the council in August last year and given four months to reduce the height of the surrounding boundary to one metre and remove the extension.
In response, the couple attempted to appeal the decision through the Planning Inspectorate but had their case dismissed in January 2022.
They decided not to comply with the enforcement notice and were prosecuted by the council, reports Leicestershire Live.
As a result, they have been ordered to pay almost £2,000 by the Leicester Magistrates’ Court.
Mr and Mrs Aslan were both ordered to pay a total of £953, which included a fine of £500, costs of £403, and a victim surcharge of £50.
They both now have a criminal record.
Councillor Ben Taylor, portfolio holder for planning enforcement, said: “We’re pleased with the outcome of the prosecution, and the vindication of our decision to refuse permission for this blatant disregard of planning rules.
“Let this also be a warning to anyone who believes they can flout rules.
“Our rigorous enforcement processes means you are putting yourself at risk of getting a criminal record and this can have serious impacts on other aspects of your life.
“We will not sit by and allow people to ride roughshod over planning policies.
“The policies are in place to protect our neighbourhoods and ensure developmental standards are upheld.
“I’m proud and grateful to our planning enforcement team for their professionalism and effectiveness at stopping unauthorised development, not just here in Braunstone but across our Blaby district.
“They will always have my full support.”