A man who built a house on his driveway after only obtaining permission to build a garage was ordered by the local council to demolish it.
The homeowner had originally received permission to build a single-story garage on his semi-detached property in 2019.
But council leaders were shocked when they discovered that a two-story single-family home had instead been erected at the end of the driveway.
The ambitious client was sentenced to demolish the residential house following an appeal, during which he claimed that there were only “small differences” compared to what was approved.
He was allowed until July to demolish the new building for breach of the original planning permit, but he remains on the property in Highgate, Birmingham.
A woman who opened the door to the address on Monday refused to comment on the situation.
But a neighbor, who did not want to be named, said: “First we thought they were allowed to do so.
“I think they built it for an elderly relative who seems to come in and out of there quite frequently.
“You are never happy to see extensions or new buildings that go up blocking sunlight or replacing gardens and trees, but that’s what people do. But if only it was given permission to be a garage, I can’t see how. they would have thought they would never get away with it. It’s clearly a home.
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“How the hell they were planning to sell him as a garage, God only knows.”
The designers had originally given approval for the construction of a 5.3 x 4.6 m garage on the site, which currently surpasses the new building.
Planning Inspector Thomas Shields wrote in his report after visiting the house in March: “The plaintiff’s case is that the building already benefits from the planning permission granted by the council in 2019.
“He argues that while there are differences between the approved plans for the garage and the appeal building, they are minor differences.”
The disparities between the approved plans and the existing structure include the fact that, instead of one story, the appeal building is 1.5 stories and has two rooms on the roof. Instead of a garage door, there is a wicket door in the front room and a tripartite bay window, and two more windows in the rear elevation serve a separate, smaller room.
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The report continued: “All these differences, between what was approved and what was built, are not insignificant. Because the appeal building bears little resemblance to the staircase and the design of the one-storey approved garage, it does not benefit from that permit. planning.
The owner was ordered to “demolish the entire unauthorized detached structure” and “remove all demolished building materials and rubble from the premises,” but failed to do so.
A spokesperson for Birmingham City Council said, “We served an enforcement notice for the unauthorized demolition of the facility when the owner lost on appeal.
“We are in discussion with the owner about the timing. Compliance with the notice had to be done by July 1, 2022.”