Liquidation halts court case

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THE court case against a company that carried out illegal work on a listed building has been adjourned after the firm went into liquidation.

Springbarn Developments has admitted carrying out the work at The Stables, Gulling Green, near Brockley Green, between September and November 2009. It was being prosecuted by St Edmundsbury Borough Council and was due to be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday.

But Judge David Goodin agreed to postpone sentencing until August 22 after hearing that the company, based at Crome Lea Business Park, Cambridge, had gone into liquidation.

The court was told that information from Companies House indicated that Springbarn Development’s assets were greatly outweighed by its debts.

Judge Goodin said that before he could pass sentence he required confirmation of the company’s financial situation from the liquidators handling it.

St Edmundsbury did not want to comment while the case continues but a report to its development control committee in May 2010 claimed unauthorised alterations had been carried out that resulted in ‘the irreplaceable loss of the historic fabric from the timber frame, and have materially affected the architectural and historic importance of the listed stable’. It added that original beams and studs had been removed and new work included inappropriate joints.