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Garage to go

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: October 07, 2013

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A LARGE double garage which has an interior staircase that gives access to a separate shower and toilet room has got to be taken down.

Enforcement action was ordered by members of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's planning applications committee last week for the building to be removed from the property, a former police house in Leek Road, Waterhouses.

A report by planning officer Arne Swithenbank stated that the plans had been approved by planning officers, but the construction had taken place in a different position.

Nine representations had been received objecting to the impact upon neighbouring properties to the rear, resulting in the loss of amenity amd privacy, “by possible noise, devaluation of property, overshadowing and unneighbourliness in size, position and form.”

Representing Waterhouses Parish Council, Yvonne Gouldburn said: "The parish council strongly objects to this.

“Construction has taken place in the wrong place by a builder who should know it is wrong.

“The agricultural business next door was built before the construction of the rear Hamps Valley Road. This will set a precedent for anyone to do as they please.”

Also objecting was neighbour Martin Newbould, who said permission had been given in a different location.

He said: “This is so close to properties. The sheer size and scale of the building is bigger than many houses.

“It's got permission in a different location. It is undesirable where it has been built.”

Councillor Linda Malyon said: “This authority gave permission to build a garage, but the applicant chose to build it somewhere else. Also Waterhouses Parish Council is against it.

“I move refusal. We have given permission, but the applicant chose to build it somewhere else. This sends out the wrong message.”

Councillor John Fisher said: “When you look at it from a neighbour’s garden it is overlooking and dominant.

“Is the applicant looking for a second home? I am not happy with this.”

However, Councillor Mahfooz Ahmad said there was no reason to refuse the application.

He said: “We have got to look how the application stands. It meets our requirement with distance, so there is no reason for refusal.”

Councillor Mike Worthington said: “It is large and overbearing, but does meet the space requirements .”

On a vote members voted six for refusal and six for approval.

On the casting vote of the chairman, Councillor Paul Roberts, the application was refused which will now involve enforcement action be taken to remove the building from its present location.


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