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£20,000 fine for accountant over flats
AN ABERYSTWYTH accountant has been fined £20,000 after being found guilty of breaching a planning enforcement notice in relation to student flats.
Geraint Dafis built his Tynewydd student property, next to the old Boar’s Head pub on Queen’s Road, in 2011 without the correct planning permission.
He was issued with an enforcement notice by Ceredigion council to demolish the property in November 2011 after a failed bid for retrospective planning permission.
By the deadline of 9 July 2012 he had neither carried out the demolition order nor appealed the validity of the notice.At Aberystwyth Magistrates Court last week he pleaded not guilty to breaching the enforcement notice, but was found guilty after a trial.
A council inspection in May 2011 had found work ongoing to build four floors. Dafis, who made over £25,000 per year gross income from renting the flats to students, only had permission for a three-bedroom, three-storey property. He was refused retrospective permission in October and served the demolition notice a month later.
However Dafis argued he had removed the fourth floor after being refused and prior to the notice being issued.
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