Couple used garage door to hide secret home

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.

Herzallah and Almasri put up a fence to conceal the house. Pic: SWNS

Image: Herzallah and Almasri put up a fence to conceal the house. Pic: SWNS

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.

They pair were caught out in October 2015. Pic: SWNS

Image: They pair were caught out in October 2015. Pic: SWNS

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.

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“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.”

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