Man arrested in greenfield row

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A man at the centre of a row over an illegal caravan and business site on greenfield land at Moss has been arrested.

Police arrested Nigel Smith, also known as Nigel Weston-Smith, aged 57, yesterday, before taking him to a High Court hearing in London over an alleged breach of a court order which instructed him to stop work and remove units from Manor Farm.

He had previously been handed a suspended prison sentence for failing to abide by an enforcement notice ordering him off the land.

The court case was yesterday adjourned for eight days, after which the judge will consider whether he has complied with the notice.

Doncaster Council served an enforcement notice requiring that he stopped activities on the land in 2009. He appealed the notice but it was upheld in the council’s favour.

When he failed to comply with the notice, Doncaster Council took him to court in November 2011 for failing to comply with the notice on two occasions. He was fined £2,000. An appeal against the fine is still ongoing, said Doncaster Council yesterday.

In January 2013 he pleaded guilty at Sheffield Crown Court to the offence of breaching an enforcement notice issued by the council on five occasions in late 2011 and 2012.

He was fined £250,000 plus costs – the biggest planning fine in Doncaster within living memory and one of the biggest ever in the UK.

But Mr Smith did not leave the site and that led to an appearance in the High Court in London earlier this year where he was handed a one year sentence, suspended on the proviso that he cleared the site within 28 days.