Developer’s access fine

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A PROPERTY developer who failed to construct an appropriate vehicle access during a development has been ordered to pay £665 in fines and costs.

Bolsover District Council had given Filmark Homes Ltd planning approval in 2002 to build a two-storey dwelling on Rood Lane, Clowne.

But Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard this month how the company had failed to complete conditional improvements to the Rood Lane access near the site and failed to comply to a council Breach of Condition Notice to complete the works, so the council pursued a prosecution.

Cllr Dennis Kelly, district council environment chief, said: “The developer went to the trouble of getting planning permission, building a brand new property, advertising and selling it and then not doing a fundamental part of the application, like improving the access road.”

The developer admitted failing to comply with the Breach of Condition Notice and the court imposed a £400 fine, £250 legal costs and a £15 victims’ fund surcharge and ordered the work be carried out as soon as possible.

Cllr Kelly added: “We continually monitor developments and we don’t place conditions on planning applications for the sake of it. They are there to protect our environment and to make sure developments are safe.”