Residents who converted their homes without planning permission have been served with an enforcement notice by a Nottinghamshire council.
One property was used as a holiday home on Air BnB – and was the subject of complaints about noise and anti-social behavior from neighbours.
Another house had large outbuildings built to the side, without permission. And the owners of a third had turned the outside of their home into a scrap yard.
Council officials say the seriousness of the cases is increasing.
Between September 2020 and June 2022, the council responded to 790 enforcement cases.
A report by Matt Lamb, head of the directorate, and Richard Marshall, senior planner (enforcement) at the council says: “Officers are actively investigating cases that include the creation of reservoirs and new homes without planning permission, unauthorized works on listed buildings and illegal works to protected trees.”
Cases in the report include:
Site address: Valley Road, Bilsthorpe.
A brick outbuilding was being erected on the elevation of an existing house in Bilsthorpe. The extension was of considerable size and therefore required planning permission.
A retrospective application for planning permission was lodged but refused and an enforcement notice was issued requiring its removal. The enforcement order has been appealed to the Planning Authority.
Site address: Bayford Drive, Newark.
A large log house had been built. Outbuildings on the front of a house require planning permission. A retrospective application for planning permission was lodged but refused and an enforcement notice was issued requiring its removal. The enforcement order has been appealed to the Planning Authority.
Site address: Walesby Lane, Ollerton.
Over time, the resident has acquired an unacceptable amount of broken vehicles, parts and other waste items, and stored them in the property’s front yard and driveway.
A section 215 notice (untidy land) has previously been issued, which requires the land to be cleared. This scenario has repeated itself with additional vehicles and items being collected, but after being contacted by officers, the resident acted promptly to clear the ground and avoid further formal enforcement action.
Site address: Braemar Road, Collingham.
Complaints were received about anti-social behaviour, noise and parking issues as a result of the use of this property for short term holiday letting – advertised through companies such as Air BnB.
This is a ‘grey area’ in the planning act, and whether there has been a significant change of use depends on the context of the site, the extent of the use and its significance for the location.
The complaints were extensive and the alleged behavior of the residents unacceptable. Officers corresponded with the owner of the property who removed the property from online rental listings and is now in the process of selling the property.
Site address: Woodlark Close, Rainworth.
The enforcement case concerns the construction of a pergola and raised decking area which overlooked a number of neighboring gardens due to the difference in ground levels.
A retrospective application for planning permission to retain both the terrace and the pergola was submitted and was refused due to the impact on the neighbours’ privacy.
An enforcement notice was issued requiring the removal of this development. Initially, the deck and pergola were removed, but a subsequent inspection revealed that the deck had been reinstalled at a lower height.
The owners were informed that although they may have complied with the enforcement order, the “new” deck required planning permission and must also be removed. This has now been completed.
Site address: Sherwood Avenue, Edwinstowe.
Without planning permission, a flat-roofed second storey was built on top of an existing one-storey extension, leading to a serious loss of nearby privacy and an uncharacteristic design.
A retrospective planning application was refused and a planning enforcement notice was issued which required the extension to be removed and the property returned to its previous state.
The enforcement order and the planning decision were appealed and subsequently rejected. Following the complaint, another planning application was submitted.
This application proposed retaining the extension but with external materials proposed to be more in keeping with the existing character of the area, alongside revisions to the roof. This application was approved by the council and changes have now been made to comply with the approval.
Officers will update councilors at a meeting on August 11 on the action being taken against residents who flout planning laws.