Landowner in a mess after not complying with planning notice over alleged cesspit

26 November 2018

A landowner in Corringham has been fined after failing to comply with a planning notice, sending a clear message that Thurrock Council will not tolerate planning breaches.

Ricky MacCallum, of Aluric Close, Chadwell St Mary was served a planning contravention notice by the council in November 2017, requesting information about an alleged cesspit installed on his land in Fobbing Road, Corringham.

He failed to complete and return the notice within the required 21 days, however, and has still not done so.

MacCallum was due to face trial at Basildon Magistrates’ Court last Monday (19 November), but failed to attend and was convicted in his absence.

He was ordered to pay a total of £1,214.83, which includes a fine, costs and a victim surcharge.

Cllr Mark Coxshall, portfolio holder for regeneration, said: "As the planning authority, we have a duty to ensure that people comply with regulations.

"I hope that this prosecution serves as a warning to anyone else considering breaking the rules by failing to comply with a planning notice."