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ARB fines architect over missing building consents

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An architect has been fined £2,000 for failing to get consent for work on a church.

The Architects Registration Board’s Professional Conduct Committee found Graham Milsom of Abergavenney, Wales, guilty of unacceptable professional conduct relating to work carried out to convert a fire damaged to church into a dwelling.

It was alleged that Milson failed to get listed building consent for the work and that he failed to properly help the client when the problem was subsequently discovered by planners when the building needed later work.

It was also claimed that the architect’s son, who did much of the work but was not an architect, was not supervised properly.

Milsom, who did not attend the hearing, denied the allegations, stating that the planning officer at the time advised him no consent was needed, although he did not make a record of this.

The committee found that Milsom had failed to secure the consents and failed to respond appropriately to his client’s complaint, but not that he had failed to adequately supervise the work undertaken by his son.

The committee said that this was sufficiently serious as to amount to unacceptable professional conduct.

‘Milsom showed no regret for his actions nor insight into his lack of professionalism. Because of this and the severe effect on the client, the committee concluded a penalty order of £2,000 was the appropriate sanction,’ the committee said.

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