Sheffield garden ‘eyesore’ legal action threat

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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Sheffield Council is set to give a householder a final warning to remove building materials and machinery from their property - or face legal action.

The council’s planning board has been asked to approve enforcement action at a meeting tomorrow over the problems at a house on Clifton Crescent, Darnall.

Planning officers said there were complaints from the public - and officials made numerous site visits which found machinery and materials outside the address which had not been moved for several months.

“On most occasions there have been breeze blocks, a concrete mixer, wheelbarrow and scaffolding, and in some cases concrete lintels, mini-diggers and a dumper truck being stored at the property,” council 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.”

Planners said that the ‘scale and intensity of the storage’ indicated the area was being used as a ‘builder’s yard’ without planning permission.

Surrounding residents complained to the council that they were upset about noise and nuisance from the garden.

Sheffield Council’s planning board has been asked to issue a ‘stop’ notice, ordering the owner to cease unauthorised use of the land.

Failure to comply with the notice would result in legal proceedings by the council which could lead to a court injunction against the owner.