AN Uxbridge mechanic was ordered to pay more than £5,800 after failing to demolish a single-storey extension that had been built without planning permission.

Ijaz Khan, who runs Jaz Auto Electrician, Redford Way, appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court for sentencing on Monday (19).

He was fined £2,000, having admitted one charge of failing to comply with an enforcement notice issued by Hillingdon Council at a previous hearing.

The council had issued the enforcement notice in April 2022 after inspectors found the single-storey unit was being used for car repairs and residential purposes.

A follow-up inspection in August showed no work had been done and the building remained, the court.

The council felt the unauthorised building caused harm by damaging the street scene and having an adverse effect on the character and appearance of a residential area.

In mitigation,, Khan was said to have limited means and wanted to pay any fine in instalments.

Cllr Eddie Lavery, Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “This is another brilliant result for our planning enforcement team.

“Planning rules help us maintain pleasant communities and prevent over-development, so this hefty fine should serve as a warning that those rules must be followed.”

Khan was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £800 and the council’s prosecution costs of £3,073.30, along with the fine, at a rate of £200 per month.