Sheffield homeowner told to stop work in extension battle

Have your say

A DEVELOPER has been accused of ‘sticking two fingers up’ to planning authorities after extending his Sheffield home without permission.

Sam Salvin Hughes was refused permission two years ago for a two-storey side and front extension including garage, plus single-storey front extension and rear dormer windows in the loft at a house on Rosamond Place, Totley.

Instead, Mr Salvin Hughes was granted a smaller application which did not include the underground garage or two-storey front extension.

However, neighbours told a Sheffield Council planning board meeting he appeared to be carrying on with the original project regardless.

The meeting heard council officers who visited the home found a basement had been excavated and the extension was larger than agreed.

Mr Salvin-Hughes was issued a notice ordering him to stop work and reapply for permission.

At the meeting to discuss the application to keep the large extension, neighbour Garry Charlesworth said: “He’s turned a two-bedroom semi into a five-bed one.”

Mr Salvin-Hughes argued the basement was needed for the foundations to support the extension and a brick wall had been built so it could not be used as a garage.

Planning officers recommended it be approved because extensions of up to 3m to properties are ‘permitted’ under council rules.

But councillors supported the unhappy neighbours and voted to issue an enforcement notice ordering Mr Salvin-Hughes to rebuild the extension to comply with that granted planning permission.

Planning board member Coun Peter Price said: “This is one of the worst examples of a developer sticking two fingers up to this council.”

Mr Salvin-Hughes was unavailable for comment.