'Dream over' for developer of Ainsworth bungalow threatened with demolition

"Dream over" for developer of Ainsworth bungalow threatened with demolition

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A HOMEOWNER has been given permission to alter a bungalow threatened with demolition because Bury Council planners said it was built in the wrong place.

Chris Bleakley began building a detached dormer bungalow in Church Street, Ainsworth in 2010 but Bury Council’s planners said it was 3m further forward than it should have been.

Years of legal wrangling between the council and Mr Bleakley, who claimed the distance was 0.5m, ensued.  

At a town hall meeting last night, his compromise for the building was passed unanimously by councillors. 

After the meeting, Mr Bleakley said he would now finish the build and sell the bungalow because the altered plans meant it was “no longer his dream home”.

He added: “This building is not my dream any more, it is completely what the council wants it to be.”

Mr Bleakley’s proposal to remove the gables on either side of the bungalow and put these at the front and rear will “regularise the positioning of the house within the plot”, the pre-planning report states.

He previously submitted amended plans in 2011, 2012 and 2013, but these were all rejected by Bury Council on the grounds they would still be “intrusive on the street scene”.

Appeals against all three decisions by Mr Bleakley were also dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate.

Bury Council’s Planning Control Committee require him to submit more details of the boundary fencing and water drainage system before he can go ahead with work.

Mr Bleakley’s immediate neighbour and the Ainsworth Community Association objected to the plans over concerns about drainage and run-off from the site, and the removal of a hedge in Green Lane.

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3:47pm Wed 30 Jul 14

mbbsspmg says...

Get over it.

That is why we have things called plans.

Should have been demolished at his expense.
Get over it. That is why we have things called plans. Should have been demolished at his expense. mbbsspmg
  • Score: 13

3:55pm Wed 30 Jul 14

ask12b1 says...

It's a flipping house and only a bit over the plan. Let him keep it as it is! It's no big deal! Spend money on road repair instead of red tape!
It's a flipping house and only a bit over the plan. Let him keep it as it is! It's no big deal! Spend money on road repair instead of red tape! ask12b1
  • Score: -10

8:24pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Babbar Divino says...

ask12b1 wrote:
It's a flipping house and only a bit over the plan. Let him keep it as it is! It's no big deal! Spend money on road repair instead of red tape!
You can't have grey areas with plans. It's either got permission or not. It's not about spending the money on road repairs instead
[quote][p][bold]ask12b1[/bold] wrote: It's a flipping house and only a bit over the plan. Let him keep it as it is! It's no big deal! Spend money on road repair instead of red tape![/p][/quote]You can't have grey areas with plans. It's either got permission or not. It's not about spending the money on road repairs instead Babbar Divino
  • Score: 15

11:34am Thu 31 Jul 14

Cheeseware says...

There are too many incidents like this recently where planning applications are amended - the amendments rejected but then the builder just carries on regardless. If your planning application is rejected then you cannot complain at a later date and the property should be changed or demolished to comply with the original plans. Tough luck Mr Bleakley - you tried to break the rules so you cannot complain.
There are too many incidents like this recently where planning applications are amended - the amendments rejected but then the builder just carries on regardless. If your planning application is rejected then you cannot complain at a later date and the property should be changed or demolished to comply with the original plans. Tough luck Mr Bleakley - you tried to break the rules so you cannot complain. Cheeseware
  • Score: 9

3:45pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Aquila1701 says...

It's an absolute eyesore as it is, it's been sat neglected for years now surrounded by fencing. It doesn't even fit in with the rest of the surrounding houses either so I'm not surprised how many appeals have been turned down.
It's an absolute eyesore as it is, it's been sat neglected for years now surrounded by fencing. It doesn't even fit in with the rest of the surrounding houses either so I'm not surprised how many appeals have been turned down. Aquila1701
  • Score: 6

11:17pm Thu 31 Jul 14

bwfcdigory says...

Aquila1701 wrote:
It's an absolute eyesore as it is, it's been sat neglected for years now surrounded by fencing. It doesn't even fit in with the rest of the surrounding houses either so I'm not surprised how many appeals have been turned down.
Doesn't fit in with surrounding houses? Do you actually live in the village? https://www.google.c
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[quote][p][bold]Aquila1701[/bold] wrote: It's an absolute eyesore as it is, it's been sat neglected for years now surrounded by fencing. It doesn't even fit in with the rest of the surrounding houses either so I'm not surprised how many appeals have been turned down.[/p][/quote]Doesn't fit in with surrounding houses? Do you actually live in the village? https://www.google.c o.uk/maps/@53.588764 ,-2.351094,3a,75y,31 7.21h,81.87t/data=!3 m4!1e1!3m2!1sZ6DXzne mkn79-BPszO-K8w!2e0! 6m1!1e1 bwfcdigory
  • Score: -2

11:16am Fri 1 Aug 14

Aquila1701 says...

bwfcdigory wrote:
Aquila1701 wrote:
It's an absolute eyesore as it is, it's been sat neglected for years now surrounded by fencing. It doesn't even fit in with the rest of the surrounding houses either so I'm not surprised how many appeals have been turned down.
Doesn't fit in with surrounding houses? Do you actually live in the village? https://www.google.c

o.uk/maps/@53.588764

,-2.351094,3a,75y,31

7.21h,81.87t/data=!3

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Yes bwfcdigory I do
[quote][p][bold]bwfcdigory[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Aquila1701[/bold] wrote: It's an absolute eyesore as it is, it's been sat neglected for years now surrounded by fencing. It doesn't even fit in with the rest of the surrounding houses either so I'm not surprised how many appeals have been turned down.[/p][/quote]Doesn't fit in with surrounding houses? Do you actually live in the village? https://www.google.c o.uk/maps/@53.588764 ,-2.351094,3a,75y,31 7.21h,81.87t/data=!3 m4!1e1!3m2!1sZ6DXzne mkn79-BPszO-K8w!2e0! 6m1!1e1[/p][/quote]Yes bwfcdigory I do Aquila1701
  • Score: 4

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