A couple and their engineer have been ordered to pay a staggering £93,000 for "destroying" a Grade II listed building in Westminster after they tore down parts of the house without getting permission.

Mohammad Owadally, Seema Khan and chartered engineer David Williams took off the roof, walls, floors and chimney from a 1830's Georgian building despite being told multiple times they weren't allowed to.

Westminster City Council said they have destroyed the historic fabric of the building in Star Street.

The two chartered accountants Owadally and Khan were sentenced on July 7 at Hammersmith Magistrates' Court, while Williams was sentenced on August 25.



District Judge Coleman said it had been a "drastic" operation, affecting the building’s physical stability.

"These are works that should not have been carried out at all without permission," he said.
The roof of the property in the City of Westminster was torn off

"They were undertaken in spite of a clear order from Westminster that all building work should stop."



"That was a clear instruction, given verbally and in writing, which these defendants deliberately flouted.

"I do not believe that they misunderstood or misinterpreted the words used."

The claim that Owadally and Khan did not know the building was listed was thrown out by the court after it emerged that Williams had told them.

It emerged their chartered engineer had informed them of warnings from the council to say they were not allowed to make the changes



Cllr Peter Freeman, Westminster City Council deputy cabinet member for the built environment, said: "These individuals showed no regard for Westminster City Council’s careful stewardship and protection of our listed buildings.

"We work hard to look after our historic properties, which make Westminster such a special and treasured place.

"These individuals should have known better and these fines send a clear message that it is not acceptable to simply ignore the planning rules enforced by local authorities, which are there to deliver the right growth."