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.