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'Secret house' may have to be demolished

By Stroud Life  |  Posted: November 21, 2012

The house.

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THE owner of a 'secret house' in Cam is fighting planning officers who want to tear the building down.

Gary Winchle has appealed against Stroud District Council's decision to demolish the shed which has a fully-furnished bedroom, lounge and tiled shower room.

He says, in his appeal, he accepts part of the building off Dursley Road, Woodfield, was used as a home and has removed fixtures and fittings.

He has applied for permission to remove the bathroom and kitchen and keep the building as an equipment store and for plant preparation.

The habitability of the shed was discovered by officers during surprise raid in August.

The council says the building is outside the settlement boundary and its authorised use is only for a garden centre. Mr Winchle declined to comment.

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