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New housing estate faces demolition

A new housing development in Gloucestershire is facing demolition after planners found two extra houses had been built without planning permission on the site.

Consent had been given for nine new homes in the market town of Newent - but 11 were built.

Next week Forest of Dean District councillors will be asked to approve an enforcement notice giving the developer nine months to "demolish all of the building works and dig out all foundations" and return the site to the way it was before work started.

"It is clear that the development undertaken is fundamentally different when compared with the approved scheme," said a council report.

"As a consequence, it is considered that all of the works undertaken on site are unauthorised requiring further planning permission."

The site is at 9 Culver street, Newent, where developers have made numerous applications to demolish the house there and build on the land.

After objections from local residents who said the scheme would generate too much traffic on a busy road and spoil an historic conservation area, the council refused planning permission. But it was then granted by a Government inspector who overruled the council.

Building work is currently well under way but was halted last month after planners visited the and found the extra two houses.

"The construction of the new additional two dwellings and their very small allocated gardens causes further intensification within the site that are out of character with this part of Newent," said the report which will go before councillors on October 9.

Planners also concerned that the developer has told them he is changing the road layout to accommodate the two new homes and has not consulted highways.

The height of one house has also been significantly increased so it is higher than the next door building and out of character with surrounding buildings, says the report.

At least one of the homes appears narrower than it should be, some of the houses do not have chimneys, rooflights or French doors which are in the original plans and the back garden of one house is smaller than it should be, adds the report.

The developer told officials he intended to apply for planning permission for the two extra homes as a "variation" to the planning permission.

Work has now stopped and the site is fenced off.

The report does not mention the name of the developer and previous applications have been submitted through agents.

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