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Appeal on home stay dismissed

By Stroud Life  |  Posted: September 05, 2012

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A MUM and her young daughter have only months to leave their timber home in Stroud after a plans appeal inspector supported council enforcement proceedings.

Riding stables operator Joanne Workman, 42, was six months ago ordered by the council to demolish her wooden house because she built it without planning permission at Primrose Banks in Chalford.

Ms Workman, who lives on her horse livery site with her daughter Nancy, seven, appealed against the enforcement order but has now lost that appeal.

Ms Workman said. "I offered them the fee, the £700, but they said it was too late. "I missed the deadline because my mum was dying."

Ms Workman had said she needed to remain at the site because she had no chance of a council house near to the land where she runs her business.

In February the development control committee of Stroud District Council voted to serve the enforcement notice on Ms Workman. It required her to remove the timber residential building and find alternative accommodation within a year.

But Ms Workman launched a written appeal against the enforcement action, which has just been dismissed by Government inspector Ken McEntee.

His ruling made clear that because Ms Workman had not paid the correct fee within the specified period her deemed application for planning permission had lapsed.

He considered only Ms Workman's appeal that the 12 months was too short a time to find suitable accommodation and infringed her daughter's right to education.

Ms Workman had asked to remain for four years, he said.

"I consider that extending the compliance ... would be wholly unacceptable," ruled Mr McEntee.

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  • Eggybred  |  September 05 2012, 6:38PM

    Not silly but refreshingly inflexible! Whatever your political affiliations, this woman built a house whilst deliberately avoiding the annoying rules and procedures that you and I would have to go through. She took a risk and is now paying the price. Why don't we all do whatever we like and then offer a token payment years later? She needs the illegally-built house because society won't provide a council house near to her land and business? Pathetic.

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  • Pebbles23  |  September 05 2012, 4:05PM

    Mr McEntee, yet another unsufferable jobsworth.

  • Bob_Flaps  |  September 05 2012, 4:00PM

    Is this the mad woman with the dangerous dogs?

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  • thomas1996  |  September 05 2012, 3:36PM

    If the house was built without planning permission and doesn't technically exist - has she also avoided paying council tax for years?!!! I reckon on a single occupancy basis 'band A' property that must be around £90 a month for how many years?

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  • Bonkim2003  |  September 05 2012, 1:45PM

    silly, and inflexible - with homes costing so much, it is unclear why someone who has made a home for herself from whatever resources she had has to demolish the house - albeit made of timber, etc. What has happened to the Conservatives liberalisation of planning and deemed-consent principles. The council will have to deal with one more homeless family I assume and find her a home.

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