Dead­line for de­mo­li­tion is set – with no ex­ten­sion

Home­owner told to re­move il­le­gal build­ing within six months

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­

THE man from Hayes who was fined £8,000 af­ter he il­le­gally built a ma­jor ex­ten­sion to his house has been told he has just six months to knock it down.

Ak­mal Hus­sain was pros­e­cuted at Uxbridge Mag­is­trates’ Court on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 6 and fined the huge sum af­ter be­ing caught by Hilling­don Coun­cil .

The 40-year-old built a mas­sive side, rear and loft ex­ten­sion to his house in Col­brook Close, but failed to submit a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to the coun­cil.

He was is­sued with a no­tice forc­ing him to re­move the ex­ten­sions, but he failed to do so.

In some cir­cum­stances, house­hold­ers can build an ex­ten­sion to a house with­out ap­ply­ing for plan­ning per­mis­sion, pro­vided the ex­ten­sion does not cover a sig­nif­i­cant area of land or is not too tall.

But the Col­brook Close de­vel­op­ment breached these rules and the res­i­dent was taken to court by Hilling­don Coun­cil.

The coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for plan­ning, Coun­cil­lor Keith Bur­rows, said: “This case il­lus­trates a bla­tant dis­re­gard on be­half of Ak­mal Hus­sain for both the law and our res­i­dents.

“It is a great win for the coun­cil and sends a strong mes­sage to any­one who’s think­ing about breach­ing our plan­ning and hous­ing laws.”

Cllr Bur­rows added: “The plan­ning laws are in place to pro­tect our res­i­dents from un­sightly, un­neigh­bourly and il­le­gal ex­ten­sions to prop­erty and to avoid in­creased pres­sures on lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture and ameni­ties.”

OVER-EX­TENDED: A loft con­ver­sion and large ex­ten­sion was added to the house in Col­brook Close – all with­out plan­ning per­mis­sion

AS IT WAS: The semide­tached home of Ak­mal Hus­sain in Col­brook Close be­fore the il­le­gal ex­ten­sion work took place

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