Businessman jailed for illegal van site

Nigel Smith at the Manor Farm site
Nigel Smith at the Manor Farm site
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A man who put caravans on a Doncaster greenfield site illegally has been jailed for failing to move them.

A judge at the High Court yesterday jailed Nigel Smith, also known as Nigel Weston-Smith, aged 57, for nine months for illegally running a makeshift development on a greenfield site at Manor Farm, Moss.

The case ended up in the High Court after a series of court hearings which led to Mr Smith being handed Doncaster’s biggest ever planning fine of £250,000.

He has also been given a suspended prison sentence for breaching a court order.

In 2009 Mr Smith laid hard core to form a compound and brought in a residential caravan. He added portable offices for businesses linked to the site and a number of shipping storage containers.

Doncaster Council served an enforcement notice on him which ordered him to remove the vans but he failed to comply.