'Eyesore' shed lands carpenter with court date

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'Eyesore' shed lands carpenter with court date

A self-employed carpenter from Battle has been left almost £1,000 out of pocket after being prosecuted for illegally erecting an 'eyesore' shed near his home.

Henri Charles Burnham-Cocke built the unsightly wooden structure next to his ground floor flat in Shirlea View without planning permission.

After failing to respond to letters from Rother District Council telling him to remove the structure, the 27-year-old was summoned before Hastings Magistrates.

Burnham-Cocke admitted failing to conform with a planning enforcement notice and was fined £200 and ordered to pay £735.10p in prosecution costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Unlike houses, flats don't benefit from permitted development rights, meaning planning permission is required for external structures such as sheds.

Cllr Gillian Johnson, Rother District Council cabinet member for strategic planning, said: "Apart from not having planning permission, this shed was extremely unsightly and caused an eyesore for other residents.

"Initiating court action is not something we do lightly but we won't hesitate to take this course when all other avenues have failed, in order to avoid unauthorised developments which have a detrimental effect on residents.

"Burnham-Cocke was given ample opportunity to respond to our planning officers but failed to do so, which is why he finds himself with a court conviction against his name and a hefty bill to pay."

Published on Thursday, December 14 2017

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