Councillors refuse house application

The Pavillion, Home Farm Close, Burley'Photo: SM261011-190js

The Pavillion, Home Farm Close, Burley'Photo: SM261011-190js

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RESIDENTS have welcomed a decision by councillors to turn down an application for a £4m house built without planning permission.

Planning officers at Rutland County Council had recommended permission be given to The Pavilion in Home Farm Close, Burley, after receivers trying to sell the property realised it did not have the correct permission.

But councillors at Tuesday night’s development control and licensing committee unanimously refused permission, citing the size of the house, the impact on residents and the Burley-on-the-Hill estate which it overlooks and the design and materials used.

The former owners of the property secured planning permission to significantly extend the bungalow, but the work went beyond what the council had approved and resulted in a 9,000 sq ft property with a swimming pool.

Residents and the Rutland branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England had objected to the plans and Rosemary Ainsworth, of Home Farm Close, spoke out at the meeting saying it was “a building of unbelievable ugliness”.

Afterwards Gerry Robinson, who had also opposed the plans, said: “We are extremely pleased the council has listened to our objections which have resulted in this decision.

“But we are going to continue to keep the pressure on until the building is demolished or restored to how it was.”

Following refusal, there will now be a period where applicant Cooper Parry decides whether to appeal before the council issues an enforcement notice ordering demolition or drastic alterations the property.

The development control committee will need to consider the enforcement notice before it is issued.

Coun Terry King (Con), deputy leader of the council and ward member for Burley, said: “The materials we granted were in keeping with the surrounding area and were something we could live with but what we have is a building that is massively greater than it was before and doesn’t give a rural feeling.

“It isn’t what I had in mind when we approved it in the first instance.”

Coun King said the application should not be judged on the cost of the property or the implication of making the decision but on its merits.

When receivers Cooper Parry put the house on sale for £4m in February, it was discovered the original bungalow had effectively been demolished meaning the building no longer had permission.

Planning officers recommended approval because they said the increase in height and the other alterations to the house were not “considered sufficiently different from those previously approved”.

No-one from Cooper Parry was available to comment.