Tewkesbury Borough Council has successfully prosecuted an individual for the unauthorised removal of the historic shop front of a 19th century Grade II listed building at 29 Barton Street, Tewkesbury.
On Wednesday, 4 May 2022, Mr Noyon Miah, of West Bromwich, pleaded guilty to an offence under sections 7 and 9 of the Planning (Listed Buildings & Conservation Areas) Act 1990 at Cheltenham Magistrates Court. He expressed remorse for his actions and resolved to work with the council to rectify the damage.
The magistrates fined Mr Miah £1,107 – reduced from £1,600 due to his early guilty plea. They also ordered him to pay £613 in costs and a victim surcharge of £110, taking the total Mr Miah has to pay to £1,830.
Councillor Mel Gore, lead member for built environment, said: “I am delighted at the outcome of this case. Our successful prosecution demonstrates the council’s commitment to preserving Tewkesbury’s unique historic character and should convince others of the importance of observing the regulations governing Grade II status buildings.”
The prosecution was brought by Tewkesbury Borough Council’s planning enforcement officers with assistance from the Counter Fraud and Enforcement Unit, which supports local authorities throughout Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire with investigations and prosecutions of criminal offences, and One Legal, the legal service shared by Cheltenham Borough Council, Gloucestershire County Council, Stroud District Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council.