Man forced to demolish ‘monster mansion’ by council as he had no planning permission

A property owner has been forced to bulldoze his “monster mansion” after council chiefs rejected his retrospective planning application.

Gurwinder Singh was ordered to demolish the four-bedroom property after complaints from neighbours, about how the house – the largest in the area – made their lives “hell”.

They complained to the council and submitted a total of 95 objections to Mr Singh’s proposals in a retrospective planning application.

Following the council’s rejection, Mr Singh was issued with an enforcement notice and was left with no choice but to demolish the property.

Mike Bird, planning committee chairman at the Tory-controlled Walsall Council, told Mirror Online: “This is a very serious situation.

Mr Singh was told to demolish this extended property in by the local authority

“Walsall Council is going to put ‘force’ back into enforcement.

“I am sick and tired of seeing breaches of planning regulations around the borough because people think ‘I do that because I can’.

“This committee are telling you now, you can’t do it because we won’t let you. When we find out, we will pursue you.

“Adjoining neighbors have suffered hell. There has been a lack of co-operation since day one so I welcome the enforcement.

“We’ve got to be shown to make a stand against people who think they can build anything they like in relation to the planning permission they receive.”

Mr Singh had planning permission for a modest extension to the 1960s house but he went one step further to his detriment.

Residents living near the house in Willenhall, West Midlands, where the average house price is around £180,000, have today spoken of their joy.

One neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I think it’s right that he should tear it down.

Google Street View shows how the property looked before the makeshift extension
Google Street View shows how the property looked before the makeshift extension

“Why should anyone get away with breaking the rules. The house is bloody huge and looks like a horrible monster mansion.

“None of the other houses in this area are that big, what on earth was he thinking?”

Another said: “When the house started going up I heard the next door neighbor whose house is attached could actually see the cracks coming through their walls.

“I’m glad the council have nipped it in the bud now before it’s finished. It was at least three times the size of the original house. It looks like a sports hall.”

Mr Singh’s agents, Architecture and Interior Design Ltd said: “Unfortunately, while work was being carried out the builders on site removed most of the existing walls of the residential.

“This meant that the building required new brick work and when enforcement got involved they suggested that to fix the issue the site should go through the application process again as a retrospective planning.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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