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Homeowner ordered to demolish outbuilding and wall built without permission

PUBLISHED: 15:51 28 November 2018 | UPDATED: 17:34 28 November 2018

Norwich City Council served an enforcement notice against Carl Western in March after the structure was built in the front garden of his Drayton Road home. Photo: Archant

Norwich City Council served an enforcement notice against Carl Western in March after the structure was built in the front garden of his Drayton Road home. Photo: Archant

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A Norwich homeowner has been told he must demolish an outbuilding and wall built without permission.

Planning inspector Andrew Dale said the outbuilding stood out as an “incongruent and visually intrusive element” in the street scene. Photo: ArchantPlanning inspector Andrew Dale said the outbuilding stood out as an “incongruent and visually intrusive element” in the street scene. Photo: Archant

Norwich City Council served an enforcement notice against Carl Western in March after the structure was built in the front garden of his Drayton Road home.

He appealed the notice, but a planning inspector has now ruled in favour of the council’s decision, meaning it must be taken down.

Planning inspector Andrew Dale said the outbuilding stood out as an “incongruent and visually intrusive element” in the street scene.

Mr Western said he spent £2,500 to build the 10ft by 12ft shed and level-out his front garden in order to utilise the space for storage.

Kaushik Trivedi was told the first floor extension to the six-bedroom property in West Earlham was “dominant and incongruous”. Photo: ArchantKaushik Trivedi was told the first floor extension to the six-bedroom property in West Earlham was “dominant and incongruous”. Photo: Archant

He claimed that other nearby properties had not sought planning permission for similar projects, which he saw as a “green light” to go ahead.

“It is only because a neighbour complained that it has been brought to the council’s attention,” Mr Western said.

In his decision, Mr Dale said: “Many of the developments at other properties the appellant says he checked may have been immune from enforcement action owing to the passage of time, even though it is possible that some may have once technically required planning permission before their construction.”

The decision means Mr Western will now have to remove the shed, retaining wall and regrade his front garden to match the neighbouring properties.

The decision came after a Norwich landlord was told he must take down an extension he built without permission on Ruskin Road.

Kaushik Trivedi was told the first floor extension to the six-bedroom property in West Earlham was “dominant and incongruous”.

Mr Trivedi had said he intended to add an extra room, while the extension would be a separate, two-bedroom unit.

Norwich City Council had granted permission for a two-storey extension and the single-storey garage in April 2001, before Mr Trivedi owned the property,

But, after the extension above the garage was built without permission, the council issued an enforcement notice in February this year.

• Are you facing financial loss due to an enforcement notice? Email luke.powell@archant.co.uk or call 01603 772684

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