Tiny home owners end up in court

Two residents in Enderby, Leicestershire, have been ordered to pay more than £2,000 each after breaching planning regulations at their home.

Planners have been investigating unauthorised works at the home in Old Church Road, Enderby, since 2015. The development included the conversion of a garage to habitable accommodation in the form of a tiny house (as well as putting up fencing, preventing off street parking at the property). Pictured above on the left is the 'garage', and on the right is what was actually behind the 'garage door'.

The couple also undertook illegal works within the highway and created an unauthorised vehicular access onto the busy B4114 dual carriageway. As a result of a Breach of Condition Notice being served on the couple, they were each ordered to pay a £770 fine, legal costs of £1,252.30 as well as a £77 victim surcharge.

Planning permission granted for the original housing development in 2007 includes conditions stating that car parking facilities, including the garage, should permanently remain available for such use to ease potential on-street parking issues.  Planning permission was also required for the creation of the vehicular access

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic & Community Development, said: “The message from this case is clear. If you breach planning regulations and ignore us we will not just go away."