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Serious National Park Authority planning breach enforced by court

A recent planning enforcement case brought to court by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority has seen a local man fined for deliberately developing land and moving caravans onto the site without planning permission in a field near The Ridgeway, Manorbier Newton.

A significant fine of £17,170 was imposed against Richard Scarfe of Pembroke Dock in Haverfordwest magistrate’s court recently, for ignoring two enforcement notices and a temporary stop notice over a period of four years.

Planning breach at The Ridgeway, Manorbier

Magistrates fined a local resident £17,170 for a planning consent breach on land at The Ridgeway, Manorbier Newton.

National Park Authority Head of Development Management Nicola Gandy said: “Willful and intentional unauthorised development at this sensitive site, including bringing in static caravans, continued steadily for four years, despite clear enforcement notice from the Authority.

“The fine reflects the gravity of the breach, and we were very pleased with the outcome which recognised the serious nature of this offence.”

The Chairman of the bench said: “One of the privileges of living in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is that the environment is preserved for the whole population, both now and in the future.

The offence is aggravated by the fact that, despite persistent warnings, you were advised not to proceed, and yet you continued to do so.”

Magistrates fined Scarfe a total of £15,000 and ordered him to pay £2,000 costs plus a £170 surcharge.

Published 13 May 2019

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