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Couple fined after converting garage into house

The couple tried to hide their conversion with a fake garage door Photo: BPM Media

A Leicestershire couple who ignored planning permission laws by converting their garage into an extra home have been fined.

Enderby homeowners Dr Reeta Herzallah and Hamdi Almasri tried to hide the work by installing a fake garage door and erecting additional fencing.

They were caught after an investigation by officials at Blaby District Council.

The additional home was kept hidden behind fencing Credit: BPM Media

Herzallah and Almasri were each ordered by magistrates to pay a £770 fine, legal costs of £1,252, and a £77 victim surcharge.

The garage will have to be restored to its original use.

Councillor Sheila Scott, the council's cabinet member for planning, said:

The message from this case is clear. If you breach planning regulations and ignore us we will not just go away. Creating an access onto the busy B4114 and blocking off valuable off-road parking space was completely unacceptable.

– Sheila Scott, Blaby District Council