VIDEO: Couple win planning battle to carry on gardening

Amanda Wadiun and Paul Garnett in the garden they bought, which can now stay as a garden

Amanda Wadiun and Paul Garnett in the garden they bought, which can now stay as a garden

First published in News

A couple have spoken of their “nightmare” battle with the Council over the future of their garden.

Amanda Wadiun and Paul Garnett bought land next to their home from the Council, on the condition they could only use it as a garden.

But after spending thousands on it, they were then threatened with enforcement action from a different Council department – planning enforcement – which said they could not use it as a garden.

The couple, of Wilson Road, Wyke, were visibly emotional after they won their battle at a planning panel meeting yesterday, when councillors officially granted permission.

Local councillor David Robinson (Ind, Wyke), who backed the couple at the meeting, afterwards said the situation had been “absolutely barmy”.

The couple, who have two young children, had rented the garden from the Council before buying it for £10,000 back in 2011.

Miss Wadiun, 26, said they used it to grow their own vegetables and keep chickens and geese.

She said: “It has been an absolute nightmare not knowing what was going to happen.”

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7:08am Thu 29 May 14

Albion. says...

Well done, sense and fairness prevails.
Well done, sense and fairness prevails. Albion.
  • Score: 5

8:40am Thu 29 May 14

sorrow&anger says...

Further proof that City Hall is staffed by insensitive fools that don't communicate with each other.

Elsewhere there's another story about the eye watering amount of retrospective planning applications . There's no mention that the Council itself is one of the worst offenders at places like Buck Lane.
Further proof that City Hall is staffed by insensitive fools that don't communicate with each other. Elsewhere there's another story about the eye watering amount of retrospective planning applications . There's no mention that the Council itself is one of the worst offenders at places like Buck Lane. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 36

9:09am Thu 29 May 14

BaildonGuy says...

sorrow&anger wrote:
Further proof that City Hall is staffed by insensitive fools that don't communicate with each other.

Elsewhere there's another story about the eye watering amount of retrospective planning applications . There's no mention that the Council itself is one of the worst offenders at places like Buck Lane.
Well said, particularly about Buck Lane.

Unfortunately incidents like these and the report that half of Bradford's planning applications are retrospective show the Council's cavalier attitude to its own regulations. Buck Lane is good example, it is now being retrospectively planned for less than half the jobs originally planned, and since the Council will be granting itself planning permission it will sail through.
[quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: Further proof that City Hall is staffed by insensitive fools that don't communicate with each other. Elsewhere there's another story about the eye watering amount of retrospective planning applications . There's no mention that the Council itself is one of the worst offenders at places like Buck Lane.[/p][/quote]Well said, particularly about Buck Lane. Unfortunately incidents like these and the report that half of Bradford's planning applications are retrospective show the Council's cavalier attitude to its own regulations. Buck Lane is good example, it is now being retrospectively planned for less than half the jobs originally planned, and since the Council will be granting itself planning permission it will sail through. BaildonGuy
  • Score: 30

9:32am Thu 29 May 14

SurprisedByJoyce says...

When the elephants fight, the grass gets trampled. I really feel for this couple, caught up in what sounds like a pointless bureaucratic turf war. Bradford would be a much better place if the Council learnt to put its ratepayers first and thought about the human cost of its actions.
When the elephants fight, the grass gets trampled. I really feel for this couple, caught up in what sounds like a pointless bureaucratic turf war. Bradford would be a much better place if the Council learnt to put its ratepayers first and thought about the human cost of its actions. SurprisedByJoyce
  • Score: 37

10:15am Thu 29 May 14

FinlandStation says...

Stories like this always make me angry.

The Council regularly turns a blind eye to illegal bazaars and shisha lounges and gives itself retrospective planning permission for things like the Westfield spoil tip and the Buck Lane débâcle. Yet, when a perfectly nice couple, who, as far as I can see, have done nothing wrong, makes the mistake of trusting the Council on legal matters they get kicked all over the place. And not a hint of an apology. City Hall is surely getting too big for its boots.
Stories like this always make me angry. The Council regularly turns a blind eye to illegal bazaars and shisha lounges and gives itself retrospective planning permission for things like the Westfield spoil tip and the Buck Lane débâcle. Yet, when a perfectly nice couple, who, as far as I can see, have done nothing wrong, makes the mistake of trusting the Council on legal matters they get kicked all over the place. And not a hint of an apology. City Hall is surely getting too big for its boots. FinlandStation
  • Score: 38

10:41am Thu 29 May 14

idleman22 says...

Unlike other people deliberately flouting the planning laws, this appears a genuine case of council error and lack of communication. This is the right outcome
Unlike other people deliberately flouting the planning laws, this appears a genuine case of council error and lack of communication. This is the right outcome idleman22
  • Score: 16

10:47am Thu 29 May 14

bluebluerobin says...

This is further proof, if it were ever needed, that planning decisions should be taken away from under performing local authorities and done centrally by Government. It is the only way to ensure consistency.

The Government in its National Planning Policy Framework has swept away much of the old bureaucracy associated with planning but clearly the message has not been understood in Bradford. Young people like this are persecuted whilst illegal commercial enterprises are allowed to flourish. BMDC Planning is disorganised and far too fond of granting retrospective planing permissions either to lazy builders, or itself, as we saw with the Westfield spoil tip and Buck Lane.
This is further proof, if it were ever needed, that planning decisions should be taken away from under performing local authorities and done centrally by Government. It is the only way to ensure consistency. The Government in its National Planning Policy Framework has swept away much of the old bureaucracy associated with planning but clearly the message has not been understood in Bradford. Young people like this are persecuted whilst illegal commercial enterprises are allowed to flourish. BMDC Planning is disorganised and far too fond of granting retrospective planing permissions either to lazy builders, or itself, as we saw with the Westfield spoil tip and Buck Lane. bluebluerobin
  • Score: 17

11:08am Thu 29 May 14

Here today says...

Well done Paul and Manda from all your friends in Cedar Drive.

Andy
Well done Paul and Manda from all your friends in Cedar Drive. Andy Here today
  • Score: 14

11:58am Thu 29 May 14

Olivermac says...

SurprisedByJoyce wrote:
When the elephants fight, the grass gets trampled. I really feel for this couple, caught up in what sounds like a pointless bureaucratic turf war. Bradford would be a much better place if the Council learnt to put its ratepayers first and thought about the human cost of its actions.
Yes you talk about the grass trampled on and boy there is enough of it in Bradford it would appear that they have cut back on cutting the grass in public areas now from 2 weeks in the summer to a month at a time in the summer and as every one can witness tons of uncollected grass lay dormant or indeed transferred by foot to block the drains up because Bradford Council seem to think they don't have to recycle there own grass waste.
[quote][p][bold]SurprisedByJoyce[/bold] wrote: When the elephants fight, the grass gets trampled. I really feel for this couple, caught up in what sounds like a pointless bureaucratic turf war. Bradford would be a much better place if the Council learnt to put its ratepayers first and thought about the human cost of its actions.[/p][/quote]Yes you talk about the grass trampled on and boy there is enough of it in Bradford it would appear that they have cut back on cutting the grass in public areas now from 2 weeks in the summer to a month at a time in the summer and as every one can witness tons of uncollected grass lay dormant or indeed transferred by foot to block the drains up because Bradford Council seem to think they don't have to recycle there own grass waste. Olivermac
  • Score: 7

7:33pm Thu 29 May 14

alive and awake says...

Once again the T&A miss the real story. Name the people who opposed it, and give their reasons why. Bradford planning is historically inept. The Rev. Flowers used to run the show you know.
Once again the T&A miss the real story. Name the people who opposed it, and give their reasons why. Bradford planning is historically inept. The Rev. Flowers used to run the show you know. alive and awake
  • Score: 2

9:05am Fri 30 May 14

Eccybantam says...

AS per usual with the council, no one is accountable for the ridiculous decisions they keep making. Surely it is time for people to be named and shamed
AS per usual with the council, no one is accountable for the ridiculous decisions they keep making. Surely it is time for people to be named and shamed Eccybantam
  • Score: -1

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