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North Yorkshire builder fined for demolishing listed cottage – 104.7 Minster FM

The judge ordered Eckersall to pay a £17,500 fine and £3,275 in prosecution costs, saying he took a #8220;catastrophic decision#8221;.

55-year-old David Eckersall had planning permission to extend his cottage in Thornton-in-Craven and demolish a small existing extension.

A North Yorkshire builder who demolished his Grade II listed cottage while his neighbours were on holiday has been ordered to pay more than £20,000 in fines and costs.

His neighbours returned from a holiday to find the demolition had left left their adjoining late-18th century cottage with no proper gable wall, a hole in the bathroom and no roof on its dining room.

But a judge at Bradford Crown Court was told how, after beginning the work, he knocked down the whole property with a digger in April last year.

In court, Mr Eckersall claimed he took the decision to knock it down after making a hole in a wall to pin the new extension to the existing cottage and it became clear there were significant structural problems which were making the whole building unsafe.

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