Extension to be knocked down

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PLANNING committee members have slammed the owner of a Sheffield house for building an extension without permission.

Members of the Sheffield Council committee met to discuss a retrospective planning application for an extension to a house on Fielder Mews, Firth Park.

Planning officers had recommended refusal because it was ‘overbearing in relation to an adjoining residential property’ and left ‘little usable garden space’.

A report into the extension said it takes up 60 per cent of the garden and projects out three metres further than allowed.

The report also suggested the house owner may have built the extension in the hope the Government’s Permitted Development rules would be relaxed.

However, this has not yet happened because the proposals are still out for consultation.

Councillors voted unanimously to reject the application – and hit out at the owner of the house for building it without permission in the first place.

Coun Peter Price, Labour member for Shiregreen and Brightside. said: “It’s a monstrous extension. They must have known they needed planning permission for this. The neighbours must be going absolutely barmy and I’ve no sympathy with the house owner.”

Coun David Baker, Liberal Democrat member for Stannington, said: “I’m absolutely against retrospective planning permission.

“Common sense would say someone has built that and has expected to get permission.”

Coun Jayne Dunn, Labour member for Broomhill, said: “It looks horrible.”

The planning committee gave the owner of the house four months to remove the extension.