New consent needed for half-built garage in Budleigh Salterton

PUBLISHED: 12:30 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:30 22 March 2018

The garage at 58 East Budleigh Road that East Devon District Council has said is not as the approved plans. Picture: Paul Strange.

The garage at 58 East Budleigh Road that East Devon District Council has said is not as the approved plans. Picture: Paul Strange.


Planning bosses have stepped in following fears that a half-built garage could become a holiday let or sold as a separate dwelling.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) say the private garage being built in the front garden of a Budleigh Salterton home does not comply with agreed planning permission.

Following a site visit by officers, the council confirmed that the construction in East Budleigh Road was taller than the approved plans, and windows and doors had been added.

It has ordered owner Paul Butcher to apply for new planning permission for the amended design, or make necessary alterations to comply with the existing consent – or risk having ‘unauthorised elements’ removed.

In January a neighbour complained to EDDC that the building was not being built ‘in accordance’ with approved plans.

Speaking to the Journal, another neighbour – who did not wish to be named – claimed that separate electric and gas supplies were connected.

The neighbour added: “The worry is that he could sell it as a separate dwelling. It’s making a nonsense of the planning system.”

Mr Butcher said he had submitted a new application to EDDC, which he says ‘will comply’ with building consent.

“There is a new planning application being processed with all the amends to ensure we comply with building consent of which the council are aware,” he said.

Mr Butcher first submitted plans to EDDC for a double garage at 58 East Budleigh Road in March last year.

The plans were refused, as 
was a second submission in July, due to concerns raised about over-development.

A third application last August – for a single garage – was approved, and construction work began late last year.

This week, the district council confirmed that it had received a new application for the development and was currently processing it.

A spokesperson added: “If such an application is refused, then consideration will be given to whether to take formal enforcement action to require the unauthorised elements of the building to be removed.”

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