Thorpe Bay homeowner may be forced to tear down extension built without planning permission

A Southend homeowner could be forced to tear down a two-storey extension after carrying out work without planning permission.

A large part-single storey and part two-storey extension to 42 Tyrone Road, Thorpe Bay, has been branded as having a “contrived and poor design” by planning officers.

They are now asking Southend development control committee to sanction full enforcement action, which will mean complete removal of the alterations.

It follows a complaint received by the council in 2021 alleging a two-storey extension had been built without planning permission.

Contact was made with the homeowner requesting the submission of a planning application for the works “on numerous occasions”.

However, these were ignored and no further action was undertaken by the homeowner.

A report to the committee, which will meet on Wednesday, said: “The rear extension is of a contrived and poor design, with a flat roof resulting in an incongruous addition that is materially out of keeping in the area.

“Given the size, scale and design of the rear addition and given its location and visibility from the street scene, this part of the development results in significant harm to the character and appearance of the host dwelling, the street scene and the wider surrounding area.”

The extension exceeds the “limitations of householder permitted development rights”.

A set of doors has been installed at first-floor level in the rear of the extension. Planners believe the owners would at some point use the roof as a balcony.

This would result in overlooking of neighbouring properties and a loss of privacy, planning officers have stated.

The report adds: “Given its location on the boundary and the significant depth of the ground-floor part of the rear enlargement and the additional rear bulk at first-floor level, the development results in a significantly harmful sense of enclosure and overbearing impact to the neighbour to the south.

“Given the significant harm identified, it is reasonable, expedient and in the public interest to pursue enforcement action. Enforcement action in this case will reasonably aim to secure the removal of the unauthorised side and rear extensions in their entirety and remove from the site all materials resulting from compliance with the removal of the extensions.”

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Christine Sexton

Local Democracy Reporter