Mansion set to get approval despite neighbours' protests

OPPOSITION: Fom left, residents Raymond Chruscht, Brian and Thelma Horsfall, and Pam Cunningham

OPPOSITION: Fom left, residents Raymond Chruscht, Brian and Thelma Horsfall, and Pam Cunningham

First published in News

A MANSION built in controversial circumstances could be granted retrospective planning permission next week, much to neighbours' anger.

Applicant Jasinder Singh had been given planning permission to build a seven-bedroom house in Clayton, but instead built a larger eight-bedroom mansion with nine toilets, two kitchens, three lounges, a games room and a study.

The house, on the corner of Bradford Road and Sandringham Road, is nearly finished, but work stopped when the planning breaches came to light and Bradford Council stepped in.

Planners asked Mr Singh to submit a new set of plans retrospectively.

Now these plans are being recommended for approval at a planning meeting next week, prompting angry residents to ask what message this sent out to the wider public.

One resident, Pam Cunningham, who lives opposite the house, said local people were already asking themselves why they bothered sticking to planning rules.

She said: "There's no point in having a planning department. There's no point in them being there.

"They don't serve a purpose. They don't look out for the rate-payers. We are just nobody."

Ward Councillor Carol Thirkhill (Lab, Clayton and Fairweather Green) has also written to planners to object to the plan, saying she was concerned at "unsafe works and unauthorised practices" going on at the site.

Her letter said: "The council are public servants. Serving the majority of residents should be the priority, not agents and developers who, it would seem, manipulate and use the system for their own means to an end."

Planners had previously rejected permission for a 13-bedroom house on the site and planning records show five other sets of tweaked plans were then re-submitted until the seven-bedroom scheme was approved last summer.

Previously, Julian Jackson, the Council’s assistant director for planning, transport and highways, said all representations would be considered at the decision stage.

He said: "If planning permission is denied, Bradford Council can consider taking enforcement action.”

Mr Singh could not be contacted by the Telegraph & Argus for a comment, but a statement accompanying his application said the house would "be of similar scale to other new buildings nearby".

It said: "There will be no overshadowing or overlooking created and the single storey garage to the side will not overshadow the neighbouring dwelling.

"Adequate parking and turning is provided on site."

The matter will be considered by the Bradford Area Planning Panel when it meets at 10am on Wednesday August 6 in City Hall, Bradford.

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6:33pm Wed 30 Jul 14

More of the same.. says...

On a similar note .. Look at the Shipley College new build, the Planning department decided to ignore the fact it was going to happen within a conservation area ( otherwise the build would never have been given the go ahead).. Over one hundred objections from the local residents meant nothing to these individuals; Joanna Haynes planning officer, Councilor; Doreen Lee etc. The result:- Saltaire now needs to endure 75 extra, 'second chance' dope smoking and dealing students in the area. Not to mention the fact that the design is a horror. Thanks BDMC.
On a similar note .. Look at the Shipley College new build, the Planning department decided to ignore the fact it was going to happen within a conservation area ( otherwise the build would never have been given the go ahead).. Over one hundred objections from the local residents meant nothing to these individuals; Joanna Haynes planning officer, Councilor; Doreen Lee etc. The result:- Saltaire now needs to endure 75 extra, 'second chance' dope smoking and dealing students in the area. Not to mention the fact that the design is a horror. Thanks BDMC. More of the same..
  • Score: 8

8:01pm Wed 30 Jul 14

micela22 says...

my mother had to sell our family home as she was refused planning permission to release capital & keep it:: move on & 3 homes are now built on the plot. Where I live the original developers adhered to the plans. 10 years or so later Bradford Council granted permission from an out of character property which has proved detrimental to the area. I personally congratulate the Planning Department on totally hacking residents/council tax payers off. As soon as I can I`m off.....
my mother had to sell our family home as she was refused planning permission to release capital & keep it:: move on & 3 homes are now built on the plot. Where I live the original developers adhered to the plans. 10 years or so later Bradford Council granted permission from an out of character property which has proved detrimental to the area. I personally congratulate the Planning Department on totally hacking residents/council tax payers off. As soon as I can I`m off..... micela22
  • Score: 10

9:21pm Wed 30 Jul 14

informer says...

This is Bradford, what do you expect it's the norm.
This is Bradford, what do you expect it's the norm. informer
  • Score: 9

2:06pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Born on the 5th December says...

Pity the community infrastructure levy is not in place in Bradford yet - he would have had to pay a hefty sum to carry on with a house that big - I suppose it will not stop the millions of people living in this 'mansion' impacting the infrastructure- all at the taxpayer's expense and detriment of course - hope he gets taxed heavily to pay for his own house.
Pity the community infrastructure levy is not in place in Bradford yet - he would have had to pay a hefty sum to carry on with a house that big - I suppose it will not stop the millions of people living in this 'mansion' impacting the infrastructure- all at the taxpayer's expense and detriment of course - hope he gets taxed heavily to pay for his own house. Born on the 5th December
  • Score: 1

3:10pm Thu 31 Jul 14

J Singh says...

If the T&A can not even get my name right, what are the chances of them getting this story correct. They have not approached me once for comment, which I would have happily provided. This entire article as well as the two preceding it are nothing more than a reflection of neighbours jealousy, and are in no way representative of the truth.
If the T&A can not even get my name right, what are the chances of them getting this story correct. They have not approached me once for comment, which I would have happily provided. This entire article as well as the two preceding it are nothing more than a reflection of neighbours jealousy, and are in no way representative of the truth. J Singh
  • Score: -4

3:27pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Farsley Bantam says...

J Singh wrote:
If the T&A can not even get my name right, what are the chances of them getting this story correct. They have not approached me once for comment, which I would have happily provided. This entire article as well as the two preceding it are nothing more than a reflection of neighbours jealousy, and are in no way representative of the truth.
Here is your chance to put your side of the story forward then.

I'll be honest though, the fact that so far your defence consists 'the neighbours are just jealous' is pretty poor.

I'm all ears.....
[quote][p][bold]J Singh[/bold] wrote: If the T&A can not even get my name right, what are the chances of them getting this story correct. They have not approached me once for comment, which I would have happily provided. This entire article as well as the two preceding it are nothing more than a reflection of neighbours jealousy, and are in no way representative of the truth.[/p][/quote]Here is your chance to put your side of the story forward then. I'll be honest though, the fact that so far your defence consists 'the neighbours are just jealous' is pretty poor. I'm all ears..... Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 2

7:49pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Michael Manus says...

It would be interesting to see which councillors are on the committee and approving this build and how many of these councillors friends have had plans first rejected then approved very quickly. Corrupt the lot of them!
It would be interesting to see which councillors are on the committee and approving this build and how many of these councillors friends have had plans first rejected then approved very quickly. Corrupt the lot of them! Michael Manus
  • Score: 0

8:40pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Apollo says...

Money talks in Bradford even when tightly packed in brown envelopes. Of course I am not suggesting that happened here - heaven forbid.
Money talks in Bradford even when tightly packed in brown envelopes. Of course I am not suggesting that happened here - heaven forbid. Apollo
  • Score: -2

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