Property owner fined for property maintenance breaches under Planning Act

16 May 2017

The owner of a property at Ifield Road, Chelsea, SW10, has been fined after pleading guilty to a breach of property maintenance obligations under section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Nicholas Halbritter, of Ifield Road, was fined £467 in Hammersmith Magistrates Court on Monday 15 May 2017.

Environmental health officers from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea responded to complaints from neighbours concerned about the state of the property. Investigation revealed the presence of Japanese Knotweed which, the Court heard, is an invasive species and a risk to neighbouring properties.

The Court was told that Mr Halbritter did not carry out the works, required under section 215, to deal with the Japanese Knotweed.

Deputy District Judge Clarke acknowledged Halbritter’s guilty plea in Court, and took into account his good character and efforts to engage with the Council, however said these efforts did not go far enough.

In addition to the fine, Halbritter was ordered to pay costs of £1,000 and a victim surcharge of £46.

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