Clear up your eyesore garden

Garden at Clifton Crescent, Darnall, being used as builder's yard without planning permission.
Garden at Clifton Crescent, Darnall, being used as builder's yard without planning permission.
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A householder has been ordered to clean up an eyesore Sheffield garden which neighbouring residents had complained was full of building materials.

Breeze blocks, concrete mixers, scaffolding, mini-diggers and a dumper truck have all been left in the garden, councillors were told.

Sheffield Council has imposed a ‘stop’ notice on the owner of the garden on Clifton Crescent, Darnall.

Lucy Bond, development services officer for Sheffield Council, told a planning and highways committee meeting that complaints had been received from a number of neighbours.

She said: “The time for action has come.

“This garden looks like anything but a domestic garden.”

The owner claimed the materials were for building an extension – but a planning application for the extension had been previously rejected by the council, leaving the materials unmoved for months.

The council has now agreed to impose a ‘stop’ order as well as enforcing a section 215 order, demanding that the owner removes the items.

In a report to councillors, planning officers said: “The owner has stated the storage of these materials is due to works being carried out and potential future works to the garage and rear extension.

“Officers have noticed some works being carried out. However the pace and type of work does not reflect the materials and machinery stored.”