For years there didn’t seem to be any consequences for doing things arse-ways. That has all changed since the crash as we see more and more stories about people paying a heavy price for an “it’ll be alright on the night” attitude to business, finance and development. The fact of the matter is that one cannot expect people to respect laws and agreements if there are no consequences. Cases like this need to be taken to counteract the countless exaggerated anecdotes of clever dicks getting around the law. A case like this has resonance throughout the country and so plays an important role in promoting observance of the law.
Looking at the house, one has to have pity for the owners. They and their children are losing a lot arising from their bad decisions. The fact that the local authority will not pursue its costs if the house is demolished suggests that even the local authority feels sorry for them.