Monday, 14 September 2009


A company has been fined £250 and ordered to pay £100 costs, after failing to comply with a listed building notice, issued on a property in Ramsgate.

Magistrates were told that a Listed Building Enforcement Notice was originally issued in February 2008 on Landermere Estates Ltd., who were the owners of a flat at Clifton Lawn. UPVC windows were inserted into the flat, which is in a listed building.

They were given three months to comply and remove the windows, replacing them with timber sliding sash windows, which are sympathetic to the building. The work was not carried out within the timescale given, so the council took legal action against the company. The work has now been completed by the company.

Earlier this month, Landermere pleaded guilty to not complying with the Listed Building Enforcement Notice and the company was fined £250 and ordered to pay £100 costs. They were given 28 days to pay.

Cllr. John Kirby, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services and Ramsgate Marina, said: "This case shows just how seriously the council takes development to our many listed buildings. If it's not in keeping, there's every chance we will take action to ensure that changes are implemented. Listed buildings are listed for very good reasons and we need to make sure that their character is not harmed by any development that is undertaken. It's a shame that this case had to go to court. We shouldn't have to take legal action to get work like this completed."

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