Court fines developers more than £1,000

DEVELOPERS of a site in Beauharrow Road have been fined for failing to respond to a Planning Contravention Notice (PCN) served by Hastings Borough Council’s planning enforcement team Grotbusters.

Appearing in Hastings Magistrates Court last week (March 5), the developers were served with the PCN on September 23, 2013 with a request for information about works Gemselect Limited of Battle had carried out at a site without permissions.

They are working on a development of seven dwellings with planning permissions in Beauharrow Road but they made alterations to another site without the required authority.

Councillor Peter Chowney, the council’s lead member for regeneration, said:“We take contraventions of planning issues of this nature very seriously indeed and will prosecute if necessary. Gemselect Ltd were using this property opposite their development as a site office and had constructed a fence and undertaken engineering works without planning permission. After hearing all the evidence, the court fined Gemselect Ltd £750 with £195 costs and a £75 victim surcharge.”