Man must demolish part of home after appeal rejected

Chalk Road, Brandon.  Small Fen Farm is the focus of a planning enquiry.
Chalk Road, Brandon. Small Fen Farm is the focus of a planning enquiry.

A man whose home improvements brought an angry reaction from neighbours must demolish part of the property after he lost a planning appeal.

A new building erected by David Usher at Small Fen Farm, Brandon, in 2004, was put up without permission, according to a government planning inspector.

The decision by Rod Evans, planning inspector, follows an appeal by Mr Usher against a planning enforcement notice issued by Forest Heath District Council.

In a decision released last Thursday, Mr Evans said Mr Usher now had 12 months to demolish the building.

He said the building caused ‘harm to amenity’ in the area but did not ‘seriously impact’ on neighbouring residents’ lives.

That was despite a planning inquiry in April hearing complaints from several neighbours and Mr Usher’s nephew, Matthew Usher, about the development.

A Forest Heath District Council spokeswoman said: “The Authority takes its responsibility to protect the countryside very seriously, for the benefit of all residents and visitors and will not tolerate such flagrant breaches of planning regulations.

“We are therefore very pleased that the Planning Inspector has agreed that this new dwelling must be demolished.”

No costs were awarded by Mr Evans.