UK resident who built HOUSE on a driveway after obtaining permission to build a garage with orders to demolish it

A resident who built a single-family HOME on his driveway after only obtaining permission to build a garage was ordered to demolish it following a planning line.

The homeowner had originally received approval to build a single-story garage on their semi-detached property on Vaughton Street, Highgate, Birmingham in 2019.

But council leaders were shocked when they discovered that a small two-story single-family house had instead been erected at the end of the driveway.

The owner was sentenced to the demolition of 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 violation of the original planning permit, but now it remains standing.

A woman who opened the door to the address today (Mon) refused to comment when approached.

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’re never happy to see extensions or new buildings blocking sunlight or replacing gardens and trees, but that’s what people do.

“But if they were only given permission to be a garage, I don’t see how they thought they’d get away with it. It’s clearly a house.

“How the hell they were planning to sell him as a garage, God only knows.”

The planners had originally given approval for the construction of a 5.3 x 4.6 m garage on the site that 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 approved plans for the garage show a single storey freestanding garage with a footprint of 5.3mx 4.6m and a height of 3.6m.

“It was also shown with a standard garage door in the front and no windows on any elevation.

“Compared to the approved garage, the appeal building has a footprint of approximately 8.7 mx 4.7 m and a height of 5.3 m

“Consequently, it is substantially larger than the approved building. It is not a minor difference.

“There are a few other differences. Instead of just one story, the appeal building is 1.5 stories and has two rooms on the roof, facilitated by an almost full-width dormer window.

“Instead of a garage door, there is a wicket door in the living room and a tripartite bay window.

“Two more windows in the rear elevation serve as a separate, smaller room.

“All these differences, between what has been approved and what has been built, are not minor.

“Because the appeal building bears little resemblance to the size and design of the approved one-story garage, it does not qualify for such a building permit.

“The requirements of the announcement are: demolish the entire unauthorized detached structure and remove all demolished building materials and rubble from the premises”.

A spokesperson for Birmingham City Council said: “We have served an EN (notice of enforcement) for the unauthorized demolition of the facility when the owner lost on appeal.

“We are discussing the timing with the owner. Compliance with the notice was due by July 1, 2022.”

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