Conditional discharge for listed property owner

Cosgorve Hall - Gordon Frederick Miller was given a 12-month conditional discharge, and told to pay costs of �1,750 to South Northants Council, for failing to comply with two Section 215 Notices to repair a protected property, after pleading guilty on March 30 at Northampton Magistrates'. Submitted by SNC.
Cosgorve Hall - Gordon Frederick Miller was given a 12-month conditional discharge, and told to pay costs of �1,750 to South Northants Council, for failing to comply with two Section 215 Notices to repair a protected property, after pleading guilty on March 30 at Northampton Magistrates'. Submitted by SNC.

The owner of Cosgrove Hall has been given a 12 month conditional discharge, and told to pay £1,750 costs to South Northants Council for failing to comply with an order to repair his grade II listed property.

Gordon Frederick Miller failed to comply with two Section 215 Notices sent to him in March 2011, and was ordered to appear at Northampton Magistrates Court on Friday, February 24.

The Notices related to The Lodge and gateway at the entrance to his property which had both fallen into disrepair. The hearing was adjourned at Miller’s request and rescheduled for Friday, March 30, where he pleaded guilty.

Section 215 Notices are served on landowners where it is considered that the amenity of an area is adversely affected by the condition of any land, particularly in cases where sites have suffered long-term dereliction or untidiness.

Miller must now ensure that The Lodge is re-thatched and repairs undertaken to the necessary specification, and the gateway entrance repaired retaining all the existing ironmongery. In failing to do so he could face further charges.

SNC cabinet member Robin Digby said: “The entrance to Cosgrove Hall has deteriorated to such an extent that it has become a real eyesore which impacted on the general surroundings.

“Owners of listed properties have a responsibility to ensure that they are properly maintained.

“Formal action is always a last resort, but we hope the owner will now carry out the necessary repairs to help preserve the character and appearance of this conservation area.”