10 February 2017
A building company was fined £600 after pleading guilty on Wednesday 8 February, at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, to the display of an unauthorised advertisement on a hoarding in a conservation area.
The court heard that officers from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Planning Enforcement Team had visited 22 Pembridge Crescent, W11, where a large advert for Kenham Building Ltd was being displayed while the company was carrying out building works for the homeowners.
It is a criminal offence for a developer to display more than one advertisement on a building site hoarding in a conservation area, unless it first receives consent from the local council. Furthermore, if only one advert is on display, it must relate to the building company carrying out the works and be no greater than two metres square in area.
In January 2016 the company was warned in writing by the Council’s Planning Enforcement Team that its advertisement was too large and must be removed, or face prosecution. When the advertisement was not removed legal proceedings began.
The court heard that Kenham Building Ltd had no previous convictions. Magistrates gave the company credit for its early guilty plea before fining it £600 for the offence and ordering it to pay costs of £500. It is also required to pay a victim surcharge of £60.
Councillor Timothy Coleridge, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Cabinet Member for Planning Policy, said: “I am pleased that the court has imposed this fine. We will not allow developers to advertise themselves illegally in our residential areas and, if reasonable warnings are ignored, legal action will follow.”