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Work Has Stopped on New Home Built Without Planning Permission

Kirklees planners have been criticised by local residents for permitting work to begin on a massive house in a narrow Mirfield cul-de-sac.

Residents complained that the detached home, which has been partially constructed on a site opposite 14 Bracken Hill, does not comply with the plans that were originally approved.

Local residents also say that one corner of this home built without permission is located so close to the road that it prevents the bin lorry from reaching homes located further along Bracken Hill. As a result, council workers had to remove a tree on private land to access these properties.

It is understood that construction has been halted and the site closed off while a new planning application has been submitted. In addition to the house, the plan includes a two-vehicle parking space, lawned area, decking, and bin store.

One neighbour who lives opposite the home built without permission referred to it as an eyesore that did not fit into the site. He complained that the pitch of the roof was higher than it should have been, turning a two-bedroom property into a three-bedroom one. Instead of being built of natural stone, it is built of composite stone.

The neighbour, who had been living in the area since 1988, said that the position of the new home meant that the bin lorry sent by the council could not navigate the corner to reach dozens of homes further up the road.

He pointed out that workmen were forced to cut back the branches of a tree, but Kirklees requested that it come down so that the lorry could pass. If they did not, they would not empty the bins.

 

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He called the entire proceeding ‘farcical’, saying that Kirklees permitted the home to be built and now a tree that had been there for over 40 years was now the issue. The locals, he asserted, wanted the height reduced and the home built without permission brought down in size for safety and access reasons.

Mirfield Town Council’s objections to the plan include highway safety and excessive use of a small site. They also cited the loss of privacy for neighbouring homes.

Clr Martyn Bolt, who is on Mirfield Town Council and Kirklees Council, said that the public had a right to expect developers to have the correct permissions before starting work.

The responsibility for deciding on the plan had been granted to planning officers, but Mr Bolt had requested that the final decision be left to councillors if they were inclined to approve it. He said that people assume all permissions should be in place before work commences, but developers sometimes push the boundaries.

 

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