Builder must demolish village home

The house in Chestnut Leys, Steeple Claydon
The house in Chestnut Leys, Steeple Claydon

A builder who breached his planning permission must pull down his village house – much to the delight of his neighbours.

Graham Baldwin began building the property in Chestnut Leys, Steeple Claydon, in August 2013, after gaining planning permission in 2012, and it is now nearly completed.

But Mr Baldwin, of Grendon Underwood, has now been served with an Enforcement Notice by planners at Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) saying the build has breached planning control.

The notice says the property is too high and the garage is too close to the road.

And it requires him to demolish both house and garage, including the foundations, within the next six months.

The house has been built on a vacant piece of land between two existing houses in the close.

In a letter of objection to AVDC, one neighbour said Mr Baldwin and his colleagues “attempt to exploit the system, use questionable building methods and ignore all rules and regulations of the planning process.

“This has now called into question, certainly within the community within Chestnut Leys, the reasons we have planning regulations when this construction can be allowed to proceed, flout the terms of the planning permission that was 
granted and get away with all he has.”

Another neighbour told the Advertiser the entire process had been “a nightmare”.

Mr Baldwin applied for planning permission for an amended design in July 2014, and the application was opposed by his neighbours in Chestnut Leys, as well as by Steeple Claydon Parish Council and by warddistrict councillor John Chilver.

Residents said the plans submitted did not reflect where the building is sited, and the design did not not match the drawings.

There are also disputes over ownership of the land.

This newspaper contacted Mr Baldwin but he did not wish to comment.