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Uxbridge resident prosecuted over unapproved building work

News release: 3/9/18 - A woman who disregarded planning rules when extending her house has been ordered to pay nearly £10,000, following a prosecution by Hillingdon Council's Planning Enforcement team.

Darshan Kingra, aged 49, had permission to build a single storey side and rear extension at her home in Windsor Avenue, Uxbridge. However, it came to light last year that she had effectively built two extensions, one of which did not comply with the plans she had permission for and the other of which was completely unauthorised.

Despite numerous warnings, Kingra failed to rectify the situation and was served with a planning enforcement notice. She was required to demolish the extension she did not have permission for and ensure that materials used on the extension for which she had permission matched the existing building. When she failed to obey, the council decided to take legal action.

Appearing at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 22 August, Kingra was found guilty of breaching the planning enforcement notice and fined £7,500. She was also ordered to pay £2,000 costs and a £170 victim surcharge.

Councillor Keith Burrows, Hillingdon Council Cabinet Member for Planning, Transportation and Recycling, said: "We cannot allow people to ignore the planning rules that are there to protect our borough and its residents. We gave Mrs Kingra plenty of opportunity to bring her building work in line with the law and she failed to take suitable action. Therefore, we were left with no choice but to prosecute. We won't hesitate to take similar action again if required."

Kingra was previously prosecuted and fined for breaching a planning enforcement notice requiring her to remove an outbuilding from her garden. The council knocked the building down in 2015. The previous conviction was mentioned in court but not taken into consideration during sentencing.  

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