Councillors give planning approval for controversial 'mansion' in Clayton

Councillors give planning approval for controversial 'mansion' in Clayton

APPROVED: The house in Sandringham Road, Clayton, Bradford

DISGUSTED: Bradford Planning Panel chairman, Cllr Shabir Hussain, who condemned vandalism which has taken place at the house

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , City Hall Reporter

VANDALS who smashed the windows of a controversial 'mansion' have been branded "absolutely disgusting" by a planning chief.

Councillor Shabir Hussain, chairman of Bradford Area Planning Panel, spoke out at a heated meeting today as the panel granted retrospective planning permission for the eight-bedroom house in Clayton.

He said he had noticed the broken windows and glass on the floor during a site visit to the property, on the corner of Bradford Road and Sandringham Road.

He said: "I am absolutely disgusted by the people who are doing this."

The mansion, which is almost complete but is not yet being lived in, has provoked a lot of anger among people in the area.

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

Work stopped when the planning breaches came to light and Bradford Council asked for a new plan to be submitted retrospectively.

This retrospective plan was approved unanimously by the panel today, despite concerns raised by ward councillors and neighbours about the large home looking out-of-place and allegations of safety breaches during the build itself.

Objecting, Councillor Carol Thirkill (Lab, Clayton and Fairweather Green) criticised planning agent SR Design.

She said: "Retrospective applications are a common practice from this agent."

And she said the application made "a mockery of the Council planning process".

But Cllr Hussain said: "It is a big property, but it is not a horrible-looking property. Let me make it perfectly clear: it is beautifully built."

Fellow panel member, Councillor Imran Khan, said: "To me, there has been a massive break-down in the relationship between the applicant and the local residents in that area and there has been a lot of animosity building up."

He said while he knew some people did not like retrospective planning applications, it was an option which was open to people.

He added: "I know we have heard things about the agent not doing things right and having a track record of causing problems, but that is an issue for the agent."

After the meeting, Mr Singh said the right decision had been made.

He said: "I hope it shuts the jealous people up."

He said his windows had been smashed twice so far, costing him a total of £2,000.

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5:19pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Victor Clayton says...

what is its purpose? regardless, it aint particularly easy on the eye. looks like an office building.
what is its purpose? regardless, it aint particularly easy on the eye. looks like an office building. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 0

6:04pm Wed 6 Aug 14

northern pig says...

Shameful!! Retrospective planning equals build what you want and then get it passed by Bradford council.The whole process leaves very bad smell.
Shameful!! Retrospective planning equals build what you want and then get it passed by Bradford council.The whole process leaves very bad smell. northern pig
  • Score: 19

6:13pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Robin of Loxley says...

Most likely vile BNP/EDL scum behind this.
Most likely vile BNP/EDL scum behind this. Robin of Loxley
  • Score: -20

6:43pm Wed 6 Aug 14

micela22 says...

personally if I have the sort of money to build that property, as a domestic dwelling, I wouldn`t want it there
personally if I have the sort of money to build that property, as a domestic dwelling, I wouldn`t want it there micela22
  • Score: 24

7:47pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Milolil says...

At the end of the day it's a home, so what move with the times ad get over it, if I had the money to build a home like that I would jump at the chance. I lived on Buckingham crescent which is at the end of sandringham road, its a lovely looking home good luck to the owner looks like he needs it, with all the none friendly neighbours, never used to be like it on that road.
At the end of the day it's a home, so what move with the times ad get over it, if I had the money to build a home like that I would jump at the chance. I lived on Buckingham crescent which is at the end of sandringham road, its a lovely looking home good luck to the owner looks like he needs it, with all the none friendly neighbours, never used to be like it on that road. Milolil
  • Score: 17

7:55pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Apollo says...

Oh it's a home alright or it soon will be.
Oh it's a home alright or it soon will be. Apollo
  • Score: 10

8:23pm Wed 6 Aug 14

llos25 says...

Just goes to show how corrupt BMDC has become.
Just goes to show how corrupt BMDC has become. llos25
  • Score: 6

9:43pm Wed 6 Aug 14

RaynyBaby says...

This man has spent a lot of money and time on this project. I wish him well but this goes to show how jealous people really are of others. Its his money and he has worked hard for it. So leave him alone and get a life, you saddos. Congratulations to Mr Singh and your family. Enjoy your lovely new build home.
This man has spent a lot of money and time on this project. I wish him well but this goes to show how jealous people really are of others. Its his money and he has worked hard for it. So leave him alone and get a life, you saddos. Congratulations to Mr Singh and your family. Enjoy your lovely new build home. RaynyBaby
  • Score: 11

9:54pm Wed 6 Aug 14

jackw says...

No planning it should have been pulled down and a new application submitted for what he really wanted to build. Planning would no doubt wouldn't give permission if true plans were submitted so bombard them until they submit.
No planning it should have been pulled down and a new application submitted for what he really wanted to build. Planning would no doubt wouldn't give permission if true plans were submitted so bombard them until they submit. jackw
  • Score: -2

10:05pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Milolil says...

RaynyBaby wrote:
This man has spent a lot of money and time on this project. I wish him well but this goes to show how jealous people really are of others. Its his money and he has worked hard for it. So leave him alone and get a life, you saddos. Congratulations to Mr Singh and your family. Enjoy your lovely new build home.
Could not of put it better myself, well said
[quote][p][bold]RaynyBaby[/bold] wrote: This man has spent a lot of money and time on this project. I wish him well but this goes to show how jealous people really are of others. Its his money and he has worked hard for it. So leave him alone and get a life, you saddos. Congratulations to Mr Singh and your family. Enjoy your lovely new build home.[/p][/quote]Could not of put it better myself, well said Milolil
  • Score: 7

10:25pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Mr Nice Guy from BD8 says...

Too many jealous people. Get over it. Well done Mr Singh
Too many jealous people. Get over it. Well done Mr Singh Mr Nice Guy from BD8
  • Score: 9

10:27pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Mr Nice Guy from BD8 says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
Most likely vile BNP/EDL scum behind this.
Waiting to cash their giro's in at the end of the week
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: Most likely vile BNP/EDL scum behind this.[/p][/quote]Waiting to cash their giro's in at the end of the week Mr Nice Guy from BD8
  • Score: -1

11:44pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Storck says...

So he has upset all the locals and had his windows put through and hasn't even finished it and moved in yet. But he still wants to live there. He must have a screw loose or something. Imagine moving into an area where you know no body wants you or your house there.
So he has upset all the locals and had his windows put through and hasn't even finished it and moved in yet. But he still wants to live there. He must have a screw loose or something. Imagine moving into an area where you know no body wants you or your house there. Storck
  • Score: 6

3:22am Thu 7 Aug 14

MyBradford says...

This is very sad shameful for locals.
This is very sad shameful for locals. MyBradford
  • Score: 5

4:22pm Thu 7 Aug 14

SinnerSaint says...

Apollo wrote:
Oh it's a home alright or it soon will be.
Everybody knows it. £750 a week per room with 8 bedrooms (plus whatever gets added later) a nice little earner.
[quote][p][bold]Apollo[/bold] wrote: Oh it's a home alright or it soon will be.[/p][/quote]Everybody knows it. £750 a week per room with 8 bedrooms (plus whatever gets added later) a nice little earner. SinnerSaint
  • Score: 1

5:08pm Thu 7 Aug 14

GEOFF,BRADFORD says...

SHOWS HOW BENT THE COUNCIL ARE.MAYBE THE DAMAGE TO THE HOUSE WAS SELF INFLICTED TO ENABLE THE APPLICATION TO SUCCEED,,,DID THE POLICE CATCH ANYBODY???????
SHOWS HOW BENT THE COUNCIL ARE.MAYBE THE DAMAGE TO THE HOUSE WAS SELF INFLICTED TO ENABLE THE APPLICATION TO SUCCEED,,,DID THE POLICE CATCH ANYBODY??????? GEOFF,BRADFORD
  • Score: -2

5:19pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Milo08 says...

It is about time Bradford Council clamped down on these retrospective planning applications or does it depend who you are?
It is about time Bradford Council clamped down on these retrospective planning applications or does it depend who you are? Milo08
  • Score: -1

8:12am Fri 8 Aug 14

theoutsider says...

Have a look around Bratfud and you will see countless examples of these 'mansion' style properties springing up. A lot of them are former semis or terrace homes cannabalised into one. It makes you wonder how the hell Bradford Planning ever passed the plans?. I remember how difficult I found it in the early 80s to obtain planning permission on my home at the time it wss a real convaluted process. I have a builder friend and he tells me all about Bradford Planning Authority its bias; back handers; preferential notice when land comes up and how the City is carved up to certain groups and individuals. All these mansions seem to have a common thread to them. I'll leave you to work out what it is.
Have a look around Bratfud and you will see countless examples of these 'mansion' style properties springing up. A lot of them are former semis or terrace homes cannabalised into one. It makes you wonder how the hell Bradford Planning ever passed the plans?. I remember how difficult I found it in the early 80s to obtain planning permission on my home at the time it wss a real convaluted process. I have a builder friend and he tells me all about Bradford Planning Authority its bias; back handers; preferential notice when land comes up and how the City is carved up to certain groups and individuals. All these mansions seem to have a common thread to them. I'll leave you to work out what it is. theoutsider
  • Score: 0

5:34pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Colin Allcars says...

It's better than that shocker that's going up by the King's Academy. Seems to have 2 grand entrances without a door way on the sides, and no car park for the family buses. Main/only entrance straight onto a backstreet, Or the back to front house that's opposite the Park Pub bottom of Emm Lane that's attached to an electricity substation, how mad is that?
It's better than that shocker that's going up by the King's Academy. Seems to have 2 grand entrances without a door way on the sides, and no car park for the family buses. Main/only entrance straight onto a backstreet, Or the back to front house that's opposite the Park Pub bottom of Emm Lane that's attached to an electricity substation, how mad is that? Colin Allcars
  • Score: 2

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