Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

NEW HOMES FACING DEMOLITION; Builder's PS800k Housing Development under Threat in Major Planning Row

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

NEW HOMES FACING DEMOLITION; Builder's PS800k Housing Development under Threat in Major Planning Row

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Byline: KRYSTA EAVES krysta.eaves@eveninggazette.co.uk

AN PS800,000 housing development is facing demolition before it's complete due to a major planning row.

Six homes under construction in Guisborough could be torn down due to apparent breaches of planning rules.

The brick-and-stone fronted houses are in a conservation area behind the former Buck Hotel, just off Guisborough's main Westgate.

The properties are close to completion but Redcar and Cleveland Council believes "serious" breaches to planning permission and listed building conditions have occurred.

Builder Arthur Little says he wants to work with the council to fix the problems and added that an enforcement order, halting work has forced him to lay off six workers.

Helen McLuckie, Cabinet member for highways, transportation and planning, said due to the breaches the development is "unauthorised and no longer has planning permission". An enforcement notice has been issued, requiring the current work to be pulled down, which Mr Little is appealing.

In a report, borough development manager Adrian Miller said: "On inspecting the site, different materials have been used, including up to five different brick types and random panels of stonework." He described the scheme as "random in terms of the use of materials", said it departed from the approved plans and "detracts" from the area.

He added that planning conditions which have been breached include: | Failure to carry out an archaeological assessment of the site; | Failure to carry out a ground investigation re contamination; | Failure to agree the revised details of the main elevations of the houses; | Failure to secure approval of the external materials to be used on the development.

Planning enforcement officers visited the site in August and a temporary enforcement notice was served in September with all work ceasing.

Mr Miller said a meeting has taken place where options were presented to address the breaches, but added that: "At present, the solution offered is not considered acceptable and further enforcement action can't be ruled out. …

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