Couple Fined for Trading from Dawley Home

Couple Fined for Trading from Dawley Home

David and Lynette Lunn appeared before Telford Magistrates on Tuesday 13 February accused of breaking planning laws by using their house in Old Vicarage Road to store vehicles, some of which had been there for so long that weeds had grown over them.

Telford & Wrekin Council’s planning officers served the couple with an enforcement notice in November 2016, ordering them to stop using the land for storing vehicles and to remove any vehicles use of which would not reasonably be expected for such a house. The notice also prohibited the repairing of vehicles other than routine maintenance of the household’s vehicles.

Mr and Mrs Lunn appealed to the Planning Inspectorate but their case was dismissed by the Secretary of State. A follow-up visit was carried out by a Council Enforcement Officer to find there were 13 vehicles there, an increase from the 11 found by the planning inspector earlier.

Magistrates ordered Mr and Mrs Lunn to each pay a fine of £250, £400 costs and a £30 victim surcharge. They must also comply with the enforcement notice by removing some vehicles.

Cllr Richard Overton, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for enforcement said: “This was a flagrant flouting of planning laws and the couple showed no attempt to resolve the issue and comply with the enforcement notice by removing the vehicles.

“Their neighbours have had to wait patiently for a long time for the investigation to be carried out, for the appeal to be heard and then for this prosecution to take place.

“I thank the Council’s enforcement officers for their persistence in achieving this result.”

15 thoughts on “Couple Fined for Trading from Dawley Home

  • February 15, 2018 at 10:49 pm
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    Oh no…how terrible…now let’s get back to dealing with ACTUAL crimes shall we

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  • February 15, 2018 at 11:12 pm
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    How is that trading , looks like they have a hording prob should leave them alone it’s a morgaged house so who cares , nosey ppl moaning if u ask me

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  • February 16, 2018 at 12:25 am
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    They own the land if they want to store vehicles boxes or even wood is this really a story and an eligible reason to prosecute???? How about spend resources on finding child rapists murderes etc easy money comes to mind who are the real criminals here !? I’ve stored a tv in my living room for 10 years am I going to get summomds to court bloody jokers !

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  • February 16, 2018 at 12:57 am
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    Someone please explain this to me. I find this strange that it’s their land. Why can’t you legally put what you want on it…apart from it being an eye sore for nosey next doors… I don’t understand what the problem is? Maybe I’m missing something

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  • February 16, 2018 at 1:15 am
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    I would want to know what they were actually charged for.
    Storing weed infested vehicles?
    Trading from home?
    Untidiness?
    I’m sure the state of their land was not part of any complaint but if they were trading, not declaring, that’s a different matter. Having said that, it’s not easy to sell a Jag with weeds growing through the roof.

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  • February 16, 2018 at 3:07 am
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    Our country’s education system must have broke as some people seem unable to read. They were running a business from a home, the cars were a byproduct of that business. Stop the business (or move it to a business premises) and the cars go with it. Simple.

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