A homeowner has been ordered to pay almost £17,000 and tear down part of his house after a 15-year planning dispute.
He appealed to the Planning Inspectorate, who also ruled he could not add to the property.
But almost a decade later, in 2014, Barking and Dagenham council became aware he had built the extra rooms anyway.
Hill was ordered to tear down the extension but refused.
After a five-year legal battle with the council he was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £1,660 in costs at Barking magistrates’ court on January 10.
Margaret Mullane, cabinet council member for enforcement, said: “Sometimes those that flout the rules will do all they can to drag out the legal process — in this case almost 15 years. However, that won’t deter us from taking you on.”
Hill has three months to pay the fine and take down the extension.
A council spokesman said that if he does not do so, it will be removed under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.