Louise Humphreys has continued to act for Chiltern District Council (CDC) in the criminal proceedings relating to the failure by Lombard Hotels Ltd and Asrar Ahmed to comply with an enforcement notice. Details of the prosecution and the facts can be found here
Asrar Ahmed was sentenced today (18 January 2019) at Aylesbury Crown Court by the Honourable Recorder for Aylesbury and ordered to pay a fine of £21,170 (including victim surcharge). In addition a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) was made in the sum of £17,000. Mr Ahmed was also ordered to pay CDC’s costs in bringing the proceedings in the sum of £23,293.04.
No separate penalty was given against Lombard Hotels Limited of whom Mr Ahmed was the sole Director and Company Secretary.
It is understood that the breach of planning control has now been resolved and that the site operatives are operating in accordance with their planning permission.
Brent Council has secured confiscation orders totalling £322,282 against a husband and wife landlord team who converted two terrace houses into 18 flats without planning permission under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
The confiscation orders were made at Harrow Crown Court against Mohammad Ishaq and Shamim Akhtar both of Clifford Way, Neasden.
The pair had previously pleaded guilty to the planning offences at Willesden Magistrates Court in May 2018
On top of a confiscation order of £161,141 each, the defendants were also each fined £10,000 for their failure to comply with planning enforcement notices on properties they own in Willesden and Harlesden. They were ordered to pay the council’s costs.
Ishaq and Akhtar had previously lost appeals against Brent’s enforcement notices, which ordered them to undo the works. Despite written warnings, they ignored the problem and failed to comply with the notices for several years. It is understood that works have now mostly been completed to revert the properties to their lawful use as single houses.