mr sheen wrote: ↑
Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:19 am
They were placating you.....to get a structure removed via enforcement is extremely costly, time consuming and staff intensive so unless it is in the general public interest and worth tax payers money being thrown in bucket loads at it what usually happens is retrospective planning is granted.
That issue ^ is relating the history to the side-front aspect of the neighbours fence/pergola that they built over ten years ago.
It doesn't border my property, and i didn't object or complain about it at the time, nor did anyone else, despite the wooden construction looking out of character and rather fugly.
But the point is; just last week the council Planning official didn't like what he saw on the photos and wanted to come out to look at it but then realised they are too late because of timed-out [ over four years ] immunity of any enforcement.
TBH it's just as well, this isn't an issue that concerns me. Fair do's to the neighbours, they got away with that one.
At some point you will have to accept that the Council are highly unlikely to get that wall-type structure removed. Even if they don’t like parts of the building techniques used they will just recommend improvements and the owners will probably do the minimum to meet the demands.....but outcome....wall remains.
The dispute has already moved on from the wall, it's about the huge fence and if it's securely and safely fixed in their odd way to the gabions.
The update is;
The Buildings Control Surveyor referred the case to the Planning Dept.
The Planning Dept is sympathetic but say from the photos show the size of fence and its visible structures do not obviously violate regulations, however it needs checking for fixings due to safety concerns.
Planning Dept referred the case back to Buildings Control.
Buildings Control delayed due to the Coronavirus crisis. The surveyor wants to visit here when he can.