Guildhall Wrexham

Wrexham Council’s Planning Service is highlighting the importance of following planning rules after a local landowner was prosecuted by the council for failing to comply with the terms of an Enforcement Notice.

The Notice required the removal of an outbuilding which had been built on land at Ruabon Road, Ruabon without the benefit of planning permission.

The landowner was found guilty at Wrexham Magistrates Court where he was fined £1,000 plus costs.

Councillor Terry Evans, Lead Member for Planning, said: “This prosecution highlights the importance of following planning rules, and failing to comply with the terms of an Enforcement Notice is something we take very seriously.

“It’s important that landowners follow planning and building regulations when undertaking development, and that they work closely with our planning officers.”

David Fitzsimon, Chief Officer for Planning and Economy at Wrexham Council, said:

“Planning regulations help to protect the environment and our communities. Officers within the Planning Team are very keen to work positively with landowners and provide assistance to ensure that regulations are followed.

“However, breaches are taken seriously and officers will not hesitate to take enforcement action, including prosecution, where it is expedient to do so.

“I would strongly recommend that landowners contact the Planning Service before undertaking any development.”

The council’s Planning Service can provide advice if you’re unsure whether your project will need planning permission.

You can find out more on the council’s website.