The managing director of a strawberry farm fined £65,000 for unauthorised building work on a migrant workers' 'village' last night claimed services would lose out.
Stanley Davies, owner of S&A produce, was fined for installing windows in a large amenities building for 1,400 fruit pickers that travel to his farm near Leominster every year for the harvest.
The High Court judge refused to jail Mr Davies, whose 200-acre Brierley Court Farm is Europe's biggest strawberry producer, but said he and his S&A Property group of companies must face a financial penalty "to make clear that injunctions must be obeyed be you ever so large a business".
After the hearing Graham Neal, managing director of S&A Produce, said the judgement meant local public services would now have to shoulder the burden of the influx.
The original plans for the centre had included a doctor's office and examination room, a gym, a swimming pool, billiards tables, satellite TV rooms, a bar and a shop, and would make the site entirely self-contained.
Herefordshire District Council had turned down plans which also included the construction of 300 permanent caravans.
Mr Davies was taken to court when he installed, he claims on the advice of a health and safety expert, new windows at a cost of £20,000.
The council claimed he had developed "an entirely new village" and last May obtained an injunction to stop further works.
"We set out to build a self contained facility to house this community on the farm so it didn't impact on local services," said Mr Neal. "A few thousand people is a lot to place in a local community but that's not what they have decided in court.
"The message this sends out is lets go back to caravans on a field and let the local authority take the burden."
Davies was also told that his company must pay £11,489 legal costs to the council and told that if the fine was not paid, the council could apply for seizure of the company's assets.
The leader of Herefordshire Council, Coun Roger Phillips, said: "This sends out a strong message that Herefordshire Council will not tolerate the action of companies or individuals who ignore court orders and planning laws."