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Appeal: ‘Police advice’ does not justify listed building harm

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An inspector has rejected a developer’s unsupported claim that alterations to a 17th century building were justified because ‘a concerned police officer’ had advised him to secure it against vandalism and trespassers.

to unlawfully removing the items at the local magistrates’ court, accepting a £1,200 fine and admitting that it had been an error to carry out the works without seeking permission.

He maintained his opposition to the enforcement notice, however, which required the items to be replaced. He explained that shortly after he had purchased the building, it was “vandalised by trespassers” w.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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