Planning row erupts as man ordered to demolish house he built on drive instead of garage

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A homeowner has been ordered to tear down a tiny house built on a driveway instead of a garage. The house-looking structure features two stories, dormer windows and a downstairs bay window as well as a front door. Planners turned down an appeal from the resident in April and gave the man until July this year to demolish the structure. But at the time of publication the bijou residence is still standing in Vaughton Street, Birmingham, Birmingham Live reports.

In 2009 an application had been approved for single-storey garage with a footprint of 5.3m by 4.6m with a height of 3.6m.

Inspector Thomas Shields, appointed by the Secretary of State, wrote in his planning report: “It is substantially larger than the approved building. It is not a minor difference.

“In comparison with the approved garage, the appeal building has a footprint of approximately 8.7m x 4.7m and a height of 5.3m.

“Instead of a garage door, there is a pedestrian door into the front room and a tripartite bow window. Two more windows in the rear elevation serve a separate, smaller room.

“Instead of single-storey, the appeal building is 1.5 storey and has two rooms in the roof, facilitated by an almost full-width box dormer.

“All of these differences, between what was approved, and what has been built, are not minor. Since the appeal building bears little resemblance to the scale and design of the approved single-storey garage, it does not benefit from that planning permission.

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

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The homeowner refused to comment when approached by us.

A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “We served an EN (enforcement notice) for the demolition of the unauthorised structure when the owner lost at appeal. We are in discussions with the owner re timeline. Compliance with the notice was due by July 1, 2022.”

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