Landlord ordered to demolish six-bed family home – despite no neighbors complaining


A FURIOUS homeowner has been ordered to demolish his brand new home – even though none of his neighbors have complained.

Officials say Graham Ralph must demolish the six-bed property because it does not comply with building regulations.


A landlord has been ordered to demolish his brand new home in Greater Manchester. Pictured is Gavin Hartley, who called the decision a ‘fiasco’1 credit
Councilors say the property, far left, is 'visually intrusive' - but neighbors disagree


Councilors say the property, far left, is ‘visually intrusive’ – but neighbors disagree1 credit
Owner Graham Ralph obtained planning permission in 2015. However, officials say it has


Owner Graham Ralph obtained planning permission in 2015. However, officials say it has “expired” and the three-story property must be demolished.1 credit

He had applied for a retrospective building permit for the three-story house. However, the app was rejected by a committee who called the construction “visually intrusive and incongruous”.

Neighbors in Flixton, Greater Manchester say they have no issues with the property, which was built on land previously occupied by garages.

Retired butcher Arthur Holdsworth, 72, has lived next door to the Ralph family for about 30 years.

He said: “It’s a house in a residential area and my complaint is that it wasn’t finished properly.

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“It’s the council’s fault, not the promoter’s, and they should let it finish. It’s not an eyesore.

“It doesn’t spoil anyone’s point of view – nobody can object to anything.”

Recruitment manager Alex Taylor, 43, who lives across the road, said: “It’s ridiculous – we have Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian homes, as well as post-war properties like ours.

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He said construction needed to be completed, adding: “Looking at a partially built house is worse than looking at a finished property.

“There was a large double garage there before and it’s not something that towers over us – it’s just right. We want a finished house.”

Furniture delivery man Gavin Hartley, 40, said: “It’s a fiasco that it was arrested. It should be over.

“I drive past here all the time and it’s completely consistent.

“People should be allowed to improve their own residential areas with nice properties – that’s not the green belt.”

Architect Alex Ward, 23, said plans would “definitely” pass through neighboring Cheshire.

“There is no wave of opposition to the construction – there have been absolutely no objections from residents,” he added.

Another called the local authority’s decision ‘crazy’ and called officials ‘clowns’.

Council chiefs say the Marlborough Road house fails to comply with fire safety and accessibility regulations.

Trafford council granted planning permission for a two-storey, four-bedroom house in 2015. However, the construction period had ‘expired’, meaning there was no planning permission for the works , it was said.

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The property “differs significantly” from the original plans, advisers say.

A report states: “In its current form, it would not comply with building regulations for fire safety and accessibility.

The property must now be completely demolished as it “does not reflect local character and distinctiveness”.

The report also concluded that it “appears as a visually intrusive and incongruous element in the street scene, detrimental to the character and appearance of the area”.

Speaking on behalf of Mr Ralph, Flixton Ward Councilor Simon Thomas said Mr Ralph was expected to live in the house with his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.

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“Mr. Ralph sought to meet [planning] officers, but it did not materialize,” he said.

Mr. Ralph chose not to comment directly to The Sun.

Architect Alex Ward, 23, said officials made the wrong decision and there were no complaints about the property


Architect Alex Ward, 23, said officials made the wrong decision and there were no complaints about the property1 credit

How to apply for a building permit for a new house

Britons wishing to build their own home must obtain planning permission to do so.

The process is always laborious and will require research, writing and design, as well as hours of review with professionals and council leaders.

Many will find that the best way forward is to seek the help of professional architects and planning consultants.

When the board makes its decision, it only considers certain issues, called “material planning considerations”.

This may include loss of sunlight, loss of privacy with other properties, noise or disturbances, loss of outlook and highway issues.

It is up to your planning authority to decide how much weight to give to these material considerations in your case.

If permission is granted, the local authority grants you the right to build a certain property of a certain size on a certain piece of land.

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