Enforcement action over bungalow
08/06/2015 11:07:00......Posted by Tim Pollard
A few weeks ago residents contacted me about a bungalow built in the back garden of a property in Lime Meadow Avenue, but facing onto Gainsborough Drive.
This development was refused by Croydon Council in 2013, when the council was under Conservative control, but this was overturned on appeal by the Bristol-based inspectorate.
The issue now is that the builder/developer has nearly finished building the bugalow to the wrong size (it is larger than consented) and closer to the road. This makes it have considerably more impact on its neighbours than would be the case if it had been built correctly. It also looks very out of keeping, being built with its doorstep virtually on the pavement, unlike the other houses in the close which are set back.
Some weeks ago council officers advised the builder to cease work and apply for planning permission for what he has actually built - but he has declined the advice to stop building and instead seems to be accelerating. As yet, no planning application has been received either....... I do hope he is not planning to selll the building on and leave the new owner to try to unravel the planning permission mess.
It is very unfortunate that some developers seem to take the view that they do what they can get away with, rather than what the community has agreed. Council enforcement officers are onto this case and I will keep the pressure on them to be as robust as the law allows in this case.