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Illegal extension demolished, two years after owner was prosecuted

PUBLISHED: 11:30 20 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:30 20 November 2015

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Manjit Mattu, 44, was prosecuted for not complying with an enforcement notice in February 2013

A Meopham woman has demolished an unauthorised extension, after court battles lasting more than two years.

Manjit Mattu, 44, of Leighton, Sole Street, Meopham, put up the building at the rear of her home without planning consent.

She was issued a notice in October 2012, and was prosecuted for not complying with an enforcement notice in February 2013, where she was ordered to pay a £2,000 fine and prosecution osts of £415 together with the victim surcharge of £120.

On Wednesday (November 18) Mattu was prosecuted again at Medway Magistrates Court by the council for her continued non-compliance with the notice.

She pleaded guilty and was given an absolute discharge, but ordered to pay the council’s costs and a victim surcharge.

The demolition cost her £4,000.

Since the first prosecution, Mattu submitted two further planning applications and appealed one of the decisions to the Planning Inspectorate which fully endorsed the council’s grounds for refusal.

The Inspectorate said: “The council’s reasons to refuse planning permission were clear, sound and the use of conditions would not have overcome the fundamental short-comings.”

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