Despite Illegally building 12 bungalows you can Keep Them!

I am sure that many people would love the flexibility of building anywhere and everywhere we wanted on land/property that we own, though we all know that we need to seek permission first and this means working closely with the planning department.

So a recent news story highlighting that illegal new building work took place and the developer has been allowed to keep what they built will raise a few eyebrows and of course tempt others to do likewise!

A developer who was said to have secretly built 12 bungalows without planning permission (they were disguised as gyms) has been allowed to keep them following investigation from Birmingham City Council’s planning committee – Raising a few eyebrows I am sure and of course we ask the question, who knows who at the said planning department so that illegal activities have been rewarded?

The 12 illegally built bungalows, an eye sore for sure, are hidden behind a row of flats in the Hall Green area of Birmingham and had electrics / water all connected ready for residential use – The planning department has since removed the utility connections.

Of course, if the planning department act as they would do if illegal development was against the law, the buildings would be torn down, but it appears that the planning committee withdrew their rejection upon advise that they would find it difficult to defend this in an appeal?

Remedial work is set to be carried out on the illegally built residential property portfolio to include installing roofs, doors and windows.

So lesson of the day, so I see this as being, is to attempt to build what you want on your land, you just may get away with it?

Full story can be read on the Daily Mail website.


Christopher Walkey

Founder of Estate Agent Networking and an internationally invited speaker on how to build online target audiences using Twitter and LinkedIn. Writes about UK property prices, housing and affordable homes.

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