New homes ‘must be demolished’

A BUSINESSMAN has lost his appeal against the demolition of four holiday cottages he has built in the Sheffield green belt.

Eric Lidster asked the Government to overturn a council decision that the properties – two near completion and two part built – in woods in Ewden village, near Bolsterstone, were out of character in such a sensitive rural area.

But after an inquiry, a planning inspector has upheld the verdict on the grounds of poor design and inappropriate development in the green belt.

Councillors had said the stone homes off New Mill Bank were bigger than timber chalets they were replacing – chalets that were built for workers constructing Ewden reservoir – and issued an enforcement notice for the properties to be demolished and the land restored.

Mr Lidster must now demolish two that the council says were built in the wrong place and faces having to demolish two others that the council says were not built in line with planning permission obtained by the previous owner, Yorkshire Water.

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.

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