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Flats and Back Garden Dwelling

Woodlands Scrap Yard

Residential Caravan Site

Unacceptable Basement Flats Unlawful – Costs awarded to Council

1994 High Court Bucks CC v Dodds

2002 Barking and Dagenham Appeal Decision

Unlawful vehicle breaking and waste processing

2002 High Court Bucks CC v Briar

“Mr Wicks and his energetic methods”

2004 County Court Brent v Primesight

“Mr. Wicks has made a witness statement in which he sets out the Claimant’s case most cogently….It all seems perfectly reasonable to me and accordingly I give Judgment for the Claimant”

2005 Wiltshire DC Appeal Decision

Unlawful breaking, repair, storage and modification of machinery

2006 Bucks CC Appeal Decision

Waste deposit, transfer, processing and materials salvage.

2007 Wiltshire DC Appeal Decision

Erection of timber shed and raised gardens.

2007 Wandsworth Appeal Decision

BT Payphones Ltd replacement payphone kiosk and advertisement.

2008 High Court Blow Up Media v Lambeth

Removal of advertisement by Enforcement Services Ltd not unlawful.

2010 Brent Appeal Decision

Change of use from one to three flats.

2011 Brent Appeal Decision

Erection of building in rear garden.

2011 Brent Appeal Decision

Change of use to self-contained flat.

2011 Brent Appeal Decision

Erection of side and rear extension, roof extension, and dormer window.

2011 Brent Appeal Decision

Change of use to 5 flats.

2011 Brent Appeal Decision

Change of use of garage to self-contained flat

2012 Brent Appeal Decision

Erection of wooden decking and railings to form roof terrace.

2012 Brent Appeal Decision

Change of use from hotel to 26 self-contained flats and erection of outbuilding.

2013 Brent Appeal Decision

Change of use to shop and 5 self-contained flats.

2014 Brent Appeal Decision

Change of use to HMO and 3 self-contained flats, erection of extensions and hard standing, and use as storage yard.

2014 Brent Appeal Decision

Shed for bed.

2014 Brent Appeal Decision

Erection of outbuilding.

2014 Court of Appeal POCA Brent

Confiscation order in the total sum of £544,358 to be paid within six months, with a period of imprisonment in default of 5 years.

2015 Brent Appeal Decision

Shed for bed.

2016 Brent Appeal Decision

Change of use from 6 to 10 flats

2016 Brent Appeal Decision

Shed for bed.

2016 Brent v Clear Channel

The court accepts the measurements undertaken by Mr. Wicks, as it is the volume of the new hoarding, its movement forward from the flank wall and the additional steel supports that are clearly demonstrated by the photographs in Exhibit 4 at pages numbered 32, 134, 235 and 236 that is a three fold increase on the Trivision hoarding volume

2017 Brent Appeal Decision

Change of use to flats no HMO

2017 Brent Appeal Decision

Change of use to flats no HMO

2017 Medway Costs Judgement

LPA entitled to recover costs following aborted s178 direct action from land owner and the merits of employing specialists such as Enforcement Services.

2017 Brent Prosecution

2017 Brent Appeal Decision

HMO use not immune from enforcement action but appellant used deliberate and positive deception in any event.

2017 Brent HMO appeal decision

3 houses had been converted into flats rather than HMO’s as the appellant argued.

2017 Brent Appeal Decision

Unlawfully demolished house must be rebuilt in facsimile or according to planning permission.

LB Brent v Clear Channel

9 convictions for unlawful advertisement displays, including left over steel poles.

Event Day Parking Appeal Enforcement Notice Upheld

2018 Brent Appeal Decision

Appellant claims invisible marquee is lawful. Appeal dismissed.

Property Flats Not HMO

A common theme – Property turned into flats collecting the highest housing benefit rent as self-contained accommodation whilst claiming that the property is a HMO, which would attract a much lower housing benefit rate, in order to avoid planning regs.

Prior approval for office to 16 flats lost through unlawful extensions and departure from plans

Unlawful dwelling erected in rear garden

Unlawful Two Storey Dwelling Found Unacceptable

Unlawful Flat Conversion

Sign Writer’s Workshop and Dwelling Appeal

Inspector Upholds Enforcement Notice Against Roof and Rear Extensions

Caravan Site Appeal Dismissed

ES had authority to issue Notice, right for District Council to issue notice against waste, vociferous Alsation

Enforcement Notice “in force”

Shisha Café Extension

Material change of use of land to form two separate residential units – ten year rule

Dormer Roof Extension Unacceptable – Costs Awarded to Council

Wembley event parking use not immune from enforcement action

Use of dwellinghouse for storage of building materials etc. and erection of canopy not immune from enforcement action

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