Self Builder Fined £120,000 Following Council Dispute

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A self builder has been ordered to pay nearly £120,000 in Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) taxes after undertaking building work without CIL exemption in place. 

Nathan Gardiner, from Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, had in 2019 received planning permission to part-demolish and extend his bungalow, but he was told during development that the existing foundations of his home would not be able to support his original extension plans — they would need to be removed and rebuilt.

Jack Woodfield
News Editor

Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and was the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating from 2019 until the beginning of 2023. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms. 

He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.