Developers lose demolition appeal over buildings that are 1ft too high

Eric Ledster's holiday homes which must be demolished
Eric Ledster's holiday homes which must be demolished
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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, who runs a plant and machinery hire business in Barnsley, 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, on Pheasant Lane, off New Mill Bank, “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.

A planning inspector who considered Mr Lidster’s appeal, said: “All four replacement buildings will, when completed, be materially larger than the dwellings they are replacing.

“As such, in each case, I find the dwellings represent inappropriate development of the green belt.”

He added: “I accept that in order to reuse, reclaim and recycle the materials, any demolition will have to be done carefully and this will take time, particularly as four separate buildings are involved.”

Mr Lidster admitted the homes were slightly higher than allowed but said they were of high quality and not detrimental to the area.

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’.