Shop owner ordered by court to remove illegal glass structure

Published Wednesday 19 August 2015

A shop owner who had a glass display cabinet situated outside her premises illegally has been ordered to remove it.

Illegal display cabinet in Broughton Astley

In October last year, Harborough District Council issued an enforcement notice ordering that Bhavna Kholia remove the cabinet from land outside her shop, Ishka, in Station Road, Broughton Astley. 

The enforcement notice required the removal of the cabinet (pictured) - which didn't have planning permission - by 23 December 2014 but, despite the threat of an injunction, the notice was ignored. 

At Leicester County Court on 11 August 2015, the council was granted an Injunction Order by a judge requiring Mrs Kholia, under threat of imprisonment, to remove the glass cabinet, plus any fixtures and fittings associated with it, from the land by the 18 August 2015.

The judge also ordered Mrs Kholia, who did not appear at the hearing, to pay £676 court costs. 

Cllr Phil King, Harborough District Council’s portfolio holder for planning enforcement, said: "This court case sends out a strong message that anyone who willfully flouts planning laws will be dealt with by our enforcement team and, if necessary, by the courts."