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The owner of a Grade II listed building which fell into "an unacceptable state of disrepair" has been ordered to pay out more than £1,200 in fines.
Stephen Smith, of Home Farm, Main Street, Upton, was found guilty of breaching a notice issued to him in the summer.
Planning officers from Newark and Sherwood District Council obtained a warrant to enter Home Farm - which is when the section 215 of the 1990 Act notice was served.
The council said the notice was served with the intention of improving the building's visual presence, and to preserving its status as a listed building.
Smith was then asked to carry out a number of repairs to the building and to clear some vegetation within its grounds by August 14.
This came after concerns were raised in November last year about the state of the building.
When a council officer visited the property again on September 21, the court heard Smith had failed to comply with the terms of the notice.
The case was heard on November 30 at Mansfield Magistrates' Court.
Newark and Sherwood District Council business manager for growth development Matt Lamb said: "The condition of the building and surrounding grounds were unacceptable and harming the amenity of the area.
"Mr Smith failed to comply with the requirements of the notice, which involved clearing the outside areas and repairing the building.
"The council consider that prosecuting for failure to comply with the notice sends a strong message that such issues are taken seriously and people should not ignore formal notices."
Smith did not attend court and was found guilty in his absence. He was fined £440, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £44 and costs in full of £753 to be paid within 28 days.