I spent £30k building my new business and it’s almost done

One FATHER has told how he spent £30,000 building his new business – but now faces bankruptcy over planning permission lapses.

Jamie Fuller, from Llanelli, Wales thought he was allowed to dump 5,000-ton scaffolding in a field, but never applied for a planning application.

Jamie Fuller built a scaffolding yard after buying his grandfather's land


Jamie Fuller built a scaffolding yard after buying his grandfather’s landCredit: MEDIA WALES
Now he has to get rid of it and pay £85,000


Now he has to get rid of it and pay £85,000Credit: MEDIA WALES

He has now been fined £85,000 after being ordered to clean the pitch – meaning he could go bankrupt.

Jamie said Wales online: Mr. Fuller said: “I’m in excruciating pain. It jeopardizes the futures of my three children. I want to give them the best life possible that I can. It keeps me going.

“I feel like I’ll be stuck in a council house for the rest of my life and I’ll have nothing left.

“In four years, I built my scaffolding business, working long hours and weekends. I feel like it’s all gone.”

The father bought the land from his grandfather in June 2020 and set it up as a business.

He said: “I think it’s paid for, it’s mine, nobody can tell me what to do and I’m not worried about having to leave.

“It’s amazing. My plan is to build a house there in the future. It’s my dream.”

Jamie has received permission from National Rescources Wales to join professionals in the field – which was previously a “flying hotspot”.

He explained: “The land was overgrown and I cut it back. It was a bog, a hell of a mess, with a stream running down one side.

“There are tires and refrigerators, animal carcasses and rats. You name it, it’s already there. I must have taken away 100 dumped tires. “


But in September 2020 he was visited by Carmarthenshire Council – who said he needed planning permission for the change of access point to the pitch.

“I was a little freaked out,” he said. They said their biggest concern was access. I asked what I needed to do.

“They said I needed planning permission to access but didn’t mention anything about [tipping for the surface of the yard]. ”

“I had trucks come and topple the wreckage at that point. They could see we flipped that day and didn’t say anything about it. There was no stop announcement for the toppling. “

Jamie then applied for retrospective planning for access – but he claims he didn’t get a response from the council until March 2021.

He then received a coercive notice through the door “in a large thick envelope”.

“It said I had to block the access I had made, remove my scaffolding material from the yard, remove the fence I had put up, remove the rubble and hardware that I had built up, remove the debris and hardware that I had installed,” he explains. I tilted and brought the soil back to its original level.

“I appealed, but it was rejected by the planning inspector. The reason given was the view from the road, even though the Brynmefys house was a few hundred yards from the road and looked very messy.”


Jamie, who uses two scaffolds, spent £30,000 on construction work before it was halted in March – and now has to spend extra money to have it removed.

“The price to remove all the hardware would be around £85,000,” he said.

“The firms are afraid of damaging the road, so I am struggling to find someone to dismantle.

“The planning inspector said they couldn’t look at the individual circumstances because I violated the zoning law without my knowledge of it.

“I worry that I will have a bailiff on my doorstep. If it happens, I will have to sell all my equipment to pay for the removal. “

Now the council has told him he has until February to restore the land to its former condition – but he remains hopeful they may change their mind.

He said: “I would be happy if they let me keep what I have on the pitch.

“I’m qualified to operate and just use my grandfather’s access. I can manage as I am.”

The planning inspector said that the development had “significantly changed and damaged the rural character and appearance of the immediate area”.

They say there are safety issues because the entrance is not perpendicular to the main road.

Meanwhile, NRW said: “Mr Fuller does not have a license for this work, he has applied for an exemption with NRW,” said David Ellar, their senior official for waste management.

“The exemptions are for low-risk waste operations, which do not require an environmental permit but still require the establishment owner to operate within specified limits and conditions.

“Applying for a waiver does not eliminate the need to apply for a license or other right. The waste exemption must be registered with us before the activity begins.

“We have unregistered Mr Fuller’s immunity when the planning authority at Carmarthenshire Council refused due to unauthorized activity.”

A council spokesman added: “Before anyone begins development of any kind, we strongly recommend that they contact their local planning authority so they can be consulted. inquire about what rights may be claimed.

“Having another agency’s permit to send waste material to a location does not mean planning is allowed.”

Jamie never applied for planning


Jamie never applied for planningCredit: MEDIA WALES
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