Court demands Portsmouth resident tear down his unauthorised extension

CONTENTIOUS The rear extension in Tangier Road, Baffins
CONTENTIOUS The rear extension in Tangier Road, Baffins
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  • Tangier Road resident is told to demolish and extention he build
  • Gordon Miller vows to fight ruling
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A MAN who has been told he has to tear down a first floor rear extension to his house has vowed to fight the ruling.

Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court ruled that Gordon Miller, who lives in Tangier Road, Baffins, has to remove the extension to his house, which he didn’t have permission to build.

Gordon Miller

Gordon Miller

Mr Miller was also fined a total of £1,050, which included £500 in costs and a £50 victim surcharge.

He pleaded guilty to a non-compliance notice in connection with the extension when the case was prosecuted by Portsmouth City Council.

But Mr Miller said he will contest the court ruling because he believed he should be allowed to keep his extension.

‘I’m planning to fight it,’ he said.

Planning regulations exist for very good reasons

Luke Stubbs

Councillor Luke Stubbs, the council’s cabinet member for planning, regeneration and economic development, praised the court’s decision and said planning regulations were there to benefit of everyone.

Cllr Stubbs said people who flouted the rules would face prosecution.

He said: ‘Planning regulations exist for very good reasons and it’s important we enforce them to protect the interests of everyone living in an area.

‘People should realise we take this issue extremely seriously and will continue to act against those who don’t follow the rules.’

Mr Miller said he built the extension more than two years ago.

He said he knew there had been problems with his planning application but he believed they could be resolved.

‘I got permission for a porch at the front and a dormer, but the guy who did my planning application messed it up and I’ve got to submit a new application,’ Mr Miller said.

He said he thought he could get out of paying the fine and demolishing the extension if a new planning application was retroactively accepted by the council. He said: ‘If we put in a new planning application and it gets through, then it supersedes that decision.’ Mr Miller said he thought his extension was not out of character with the neighbourhood.

He said: ‘There are at least 20 homes in the area which have bigger extensions than mine. It’s nothing that half the homes in Portsmouth have got already.’

Mr Miller’s next-door neighbours did not want to comment on the extension when contacted by The News.