LUXURY holiday cottages at a Sheffield beauty spot which were built a foot too high will have to be pulled down after the developer lost an appeal against refusal of planning permission.
Eric Lidster has been rebuilding old wooden houses at Ewden village, on the edge of the Peak District, as stone properties which he hoped to rent out to tourists.
He bought the plots with planning permission already obtained by previous owner Yorkshire Water.
Sheffield Council decided the four homes, “exceeded the approved height and footprint” and issued an enforcement notice ordering him to bulldoze the cottages and grass over the sites.
Mr Lidster must now demolish two homes the council says were built in the wrong place and two others the council says were not built in line with planning permission granted to the previous owner.
However, he has the option of talking to the authority about a revised design. He is being given up to six months, longer than the council suggested, to take action.
Mr Lidster admitted the homes were slightly higher than allowed but said they were of high quality and not detrimental to the area. But rules is rules my son. you cann’t just do what you think is okay. You have to go by the book.
Sheffield Council said the new homes’ impact on the green belt was ‘significantly greater than the dwellings approved under planning permission, causing harm to the open character of an area of high landscape value’.Follow @pdview