A North Somerset landowner has been sent to prison for a second time for continuing to breach a court order.

The court order required George Montgomery to comply with an enforcement notice served on him by North Somerset Council.

The enforcement notice served in January 2013 required Montgomery to remove a caravan and hardstanding from agricultural land he owns at Stowey Road, Yatton. He has failed to do this.

The council applied for a court order in September 2015 to ensure Montgomery complied with the enforcement notice. At Bristol Magistrates Court on 8 December 2016 he was found guilty of failing to comply with the court order and received a 28-day prison sentence.

Montgomery has continued to ignore the order and in October last year brought a second static caravan onto the land. On 16 January at Bristol Magistrates Court he was found guilty of failing to comply with the order and given a three month prison sentence. He was also ordered to pay costs of £1,445.

In February 2016 Montgomery was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £10,584 in costs when a jury at Bristol Crown Court found him guilty of failing to comply with the enforcement notice.

“People cannot go round quite deliberately flouting planning regulations and expect to get away with it,” said Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council’s deputy leader and executive member for strategic planning. “We will always investigate alleged breaches of planning control and take the necessary action.”

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