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Caravan row costs man £20,000

Rugby Editorial 13th Aug, 2014 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

A LANDOWNER who failed to obey an enforcement notice served on him by Rugby Borough Council remove a static caravan has been handed with a bill of more than £20,000.

Resham Maan had denied failing to comply with an enforcement notice requiring him to remove the caravan from land he owned at Broadwell Turn in Broadwell.

And it is believed he is now considering an appeal after a jury at Coventry Crown Court found him guilty by a unanimous verdict.

The 64-year-old was fined £10,000 which he was ordered to pay within three months or face three months in prison.

Judge Phillip Gregory also ordered Maan, who represented himself, to pay £10,000 towards the council’s prosecution costs and a £120 statutory surcharge.

Ironically, at an earlier hearing Warwick Crown Court heard the council was ‘reeling under the weight’ of a £1m bill sent to it by Maan for responding to the original enforcement notice.

During his trial the jury heard after Maan, of Brunton Close in Binley, Coventry put the static caravan onto the agricultural land in 2012 he was advised he needed to apply for planning permission. The council had received a complaint about the caravan, described as large and not a touring type of caravan.

He claimed the caravan was required as a temporary dwelling to support a new farming venture, and as he did not apply for permission he was served with the legal enforcement notice which he also ignored.

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