Council gets tough on unauthorised development
Release date: 4 September 2015
Two unauthorised properties in the Cotswolds could be demolished following recent investigatory work by Cotswold District Council’s enforcement officers.
The first property, Holly Hill in Puesdown near Compton Abdale, is a residence and an annex which was erected without planning permission. The owner took the case to appeal but a Planning Inspector acting for the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government upheld CDC’s Enforcement Notice, meaning that the buildings must now be demolished by May 2016. In the second case, at the August meeting of CDC’s Planning Committee Members of the Committee voted to refuse retrospective planning permission for retention of the unauthorised building on land at Orchard Rise, Charingworth, Chipping Campden and to authorise enforcement action which requires demolition of the new house built on the land. The house approved by the Local Planning Authority had two floors and three bedrooms, however the house built has four floors and six bedrooms.
Commenting on the two cases, Cllr Sue Jepson, the CDC Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing, said:
“There are strict regulations regarding development in the District and developers always run the risk of demolition notices being served if they do not have regard to them. This sounds rather drastic, but we need to preserve the integrity of the planning system, which enables professionals to consider the merits of applications across a wide range of criteria, and also gives the public the right to make their views known. In these two cases, the property owners have paid the price for choosing to ignore the rules, and the fact that the Planning Inspectorate upheld the Council’s decision when we were taken to appeal shows that our hardline stance is supported at the highest level.”