A company and its director were yesterday fined a total of £30,000 with £4,000 costs for five breaches of tree preservation orders at Anston House in Preston Road, Brighton.
Landowner Bridgetown Properties Limited and a director of the company - Tim Harding - were prosecuted by Brighton & Hove City Council after felling five protected trees that divided the site in half in June 2007.
Bridgetown Properties was fined £5,000 per tree - a total of £25,000. Mr Harding was personally fined £1,000 per tree - a total of £5,000. Both parties were ordered to pay £2,000 costs.
Anston House was purchased for a record sum (see earlier story) but Bridgetown Properties have made little progress in developing the key site at the gateway to the city centre. They may have been hoping to “flip” the site selling it on quickly at a profit but the economic downturn and subsequent decline in property and land values intervened. Given the current climate it seems it is unlikely to be developed in the foreseeable future.
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