War­rant for land­lord in build­ing breach


A WAR­RANT has been is­sued for the ar­rest of a strictly Ortho­dox land­lord fined £40,000 for ig­nor­ing a coun­cil de­mand to re­move an il­le­gal roof ex­ten­sion.

Michael Scharf, for­mer di­rec­tor of Sternglade Ltd, failed to turn up to a hear­ing at Thames Mag­is­trates Court ear­lier this month. The case re­lates to a large Vic­to­rian villa which is be­ing let out as flats in the North­wold and Cazen­ove con­ser­va­tion area of Hack­ney.

Ac­cord­ing to Hack­ney Coun­cil, the roof had been ex­tended un­ac­cept­ably to the rear and the side of the build­ing “in terms of de­sign and scale”.

The coun­cil orig­i­nally took en­force­ment ac­tion in 2009, or­der­ing the de­mo­li­tion of the roof ex­ten­sion by March of the fol­low­ing year. When this did not hap­pen, the coun­cil pros­e­cuted.

Sternglade pleaded guilty to fail­ure to com­ply with a coun­cil en­force­ment no­tice and was or­dered to pay £4,700 in fines and costs.

The de­vel­op­ers then re­ceived plan­ning per­mis­sion for an ac­cept­able al­ter­na­tive to the de­vel­op­ment — but did not act on it.

Hack­ney launched a sec­ond pros­e­cu­tion and the case against the com­pany fin­ished this month. The ex­ten­sion is now be­ing de­mol­ished.

As well as the £40,000 fine, Sternglade was or­dered to pay the coun­cil’s costs of £1,760 and a vic­tim sur­charge of £170. Mr Scharf was charged with the same of­fence.

Mr Scharf is be­lieved to have held a se­nior po­si­tion with the Kedas­sia kashrut au­thor­ity. A Kedas­sia spokesman re­fused to com­ment.

Coun­cil­lor Guy Ni­chol­son, Hack­ney’s cab­i­net mem­ber for plan­ning, busi­ness and in­vest­ment, said: “This com­pany not only ig­nored the coun­cil’s en­force­ment no­tice. Even when they had the chance to cor­rect the works they didn’t.”

Companies House records that Mr Scharf’s di­rec­tor­ship of Sternglade was ter­mi­nated in Novem­ber 2016.

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