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Planning row house to be demolished

[Saturday 03 March 2007]

A £400,000 house built without planning permission in a Yorkshire Dales village must be demolished.

Members of Hambleton District Council's Development Control Committee placed a demolition order on the Ingleby Arncliffe property 12 months ago, although they agreed to await the results of an appeal lodged by house owner, Peter Howell, against refusal of planning permission for a revised scheme.

He will now pay the price of not keeping in line with the type of development which we have agreed will be built in our villages...

Geoff Ellis - Hambleton District Councillor

That appeal has now been dismissed by the planning inspector, Jacqueline North, who said the main issue was the effect of the house on the character and appearance of the area.

In her report she concludes that when viewed from Priory Way it "appears dominant and visually intrusive by virtue of its height, bulk and colour" and that the house "is not in keeping with the general character of this part of Ingleby Arncliffe."

And she added that despite the presence of a number of "large and incongruous" houses in the village the "fact that such development has been allowed in the past is not a good reason to allow new development which would be harmful to the character and appearance of the village."

Hambleton's Development Control Committee Chairman, Councillor Geoff Ellis, said the authority will now seek to enforce the demolition of the house. He said it would still be possible for Mr Howell to take it down himself but only if that can be achieved within an agreed timescale.

"It is now 12 months since my committee decided that this house must come down," he added.

"It was built without planning permission. The developer flouted all planning guidelines - he believed he could get round the rules. He was told time and time again to stop building but he kept on going.

"He will now pay the price of not keeping in line with the type of development which we have agreed will be built in our villages - and which was envisaged for this site when outline permission was originally granted.

"The committee had courage in its convictions to refuse the application - now they have been justified. This is a victory for common sense and sends out a clear message to all developers - we will take action when properties are built without permission."

At the appeal examination in January the council said that the scale and height of the building built on a relatively small plot of land was unacceptable and that the lack of parking may lead to highway problems. Outline planning permission for a dwelling was granted in January 2004; however, building began before detailed permission was determined and several applications for retrospective approval were refused by the council.

Local residents told the inspector that the building was not the 'modest' dwelling expected and was 'out of place' in the village.

In contrast Mr Howell argued that he had put forward acceptable alterations for the 'family home' and that demolition would be 'catastrophic' for his business.

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