Row over green belt house plan

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A HOMEOWNER has escaped legal action over an unauthorised extension to his Sheffield property and has instead been given three months to make alterations.

Bradfield Parish Council, community groups and 28 neighbours opposed Sheffield Council officers’ proposals to allow Alan Waistnidge to modify an illegal extension to outbuildings next to his house on green belt land on Bland Lane, Wadsley.

But councillors voted to approve new planning permission at a meeting of the council’s north and west planning committee yesterday.

Planning officer John Williamson told the board his team only discovered Mr Waistnidge had raised the height of the extension and put on a new roof when neighbours complained.

He said after negotiations officers agreed to support alterations to the works - including a replacement roof - rather than force the landowner to knock the extension down.

But neighbours have fiercely opposed the extension, even with the alterations.

Bradfield Parish Council, the Loxley Valley Protection Society, Loxley Valley Design Statement Group and 28 residents wrote to councillors asking them to refuse the new planning permission and take enforcement action.

Lynette Jackson, of Loxley Valley Preservation Society, told the meeting the plans would raise the roof 1.8 metres above the old buildings and would back directly onto a public footpath.

She said: “The applicant is well used to the planning process, having made several applications in the past to extend the house, which were refused, appealed and then refused on appeal.

“Raising this building nearly two metres, in a sensitive green belt location, is just not on.”

Mr Williamson said the new design was acceptable as the roof sloped up away from the path. He said the alterations must be started within three months or the council would take action.

Councillors voted seven in favour, with two abstentions, to grant planning permission.