A Halton resident has been fined £3,335 for installing the wrong windows in his Grade II Listed property.
Jonathan Edwards of Tower House in Church Brow was taken to court by Lancaster City Council for failure to comply with a Listed Building Enforcement Notice.
The council said the windows were not in keeping with the historic character of the building and despite various opportunities to remedy the breach of planning control, Mr Edwards failed to comply with the notice’s requirements.
The case was heard on Monday October 12 at Lancaster Magistrates Court, where Mr Edwards was ordered to pay a £3,335 fine within 28 days, costs of £350 and a victim surcharge of £120.
Mr Edwards said he would pay the fine because he didn’t want to go to jail, but said he was now looking at how best to brick the windows back up, as they had been for the last 250 years.
He added: “I told them time and again that I didn’t have the time or money to deal with the window situation after the death of my father, resulting in me having to provide 24/7 care for my mother. The state of bureaucracy in this country is ridiculous beyond belief.”
Coun Roger Sherlock, the Chairman of the Planning and Highways Regulatory Committee, said: “It is always regrettable when the council has to proceed with any prosecution.
“However our heritage assets are an irreplaceable resource and the outcome of this case should serve as a reminder that the council is prepared to pursue enforcement action through the courts if necessary.”