A couple who hid a small secret home using a fake garage door and a high fence have been fined by their local council.
Reeta Herzallah and Hamdi Almasri were granted planning permission for a development in 2007 on the condition that car parking facilities, including a garage, should remain available permanently.
The pair breached planning regulations by building a secret home and were eventually caught in October 2015, Blaby District Council said.
At Leicester Magistrates’ Court, the couple, of Old Church Road in Enderby, Leicestershire, was each ordered to pay a £770 fine, legal costs of £1,252, and a £77 victim surcharge.
The garage will now be restored to its former use after multiple follow-up visits by the council resulted in the discovery of a series of planning breaches.
Councillor Sheila Scott 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.
“We will be following up the successful prosecution with a further visit to ensure that all the requirements of the Breach of Condition Notice are fully complied with.”