Controversial garage plans are thrown out

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PLANS to make changes to an unauthorised development on the outskirts of Sheffield branded a ‘monstrous eyesore’ by neighbours have been rejected - and a court case is to resume against the landowner.

Farmer and butcher Peter Denton, of Ronksley Lane, Hollow Meadows, on the edge of Sheffield, excavated part of a steep hillside around his home without planning permission four years ago.

He felled trees and created an access road and garage.

Denton, who lost both legs in accidents, applied to the Peak District National Park Authority for permission to remodel the garage and store and create a parking area level with the house for improved disabled access.

He has started to fill in some of the excavations, but wants to keep some of the retaining walls he has built to ‘stabilise the hillside’.

Denton, who received an enforcement notice from the authority ordering him to restore the land, applied for ‘erection of a garage and store, and change of use of woodland to residential use to create access and a parking area’.

But authority officers have refused the plans on the grounds of ‘scale, design and landscape impact of the development’, after eight objections from neighbours.

The authority put its prosecution against Denton on hold while the planning application was considered but the case is now to be resumed, although he can appeal against the planning decision.