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Incredible photos show five £1million villas being demolished after being built in violation of planning regulations

AMAZING photos show the demolition of five £1million villas after they were built ‘too big’ – leaving homeowners devastated.

The almost complete six bed properties were found to be up to a third larger and in different locations than permitted by the planning regulations.

Five villas, each worth £1million, have been demolished after being built in violation of planning regulations

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Five villas, each worth £1million, have been demolished after being built in violation of planning regulations
The lots in Bolton were leveled after being overbuilt

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The lots in Bolton were leveled after being overbuiltCredit: Ben Lack
City councils originally ordered its demolition in 2018, but it took four more years for the work to go ahead after developers appealed

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City councils originally ordered its demolition in 2018, but it took four more years for the work to go ahead after developers appealedPhoto credit: SWNS

Her property is now little more than a pile of rubble after his last home was razed to the ground this week.

Councilors ordered the demolition of the nearby West Pennine Moors Bolton, Lancs, in 2018.

But legal battles with developer Sparkle Developments and pleas from homeowners meant work to dismantle them didn’t begin until May of last year.


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An investigation found that lot one had a 31 percent larger footprint than allowed, while lot two was 19 percent larger, lot three was 32 percent larger, and lot four was 33 percent larger.

The developer claimed the writ issued by the council to demolish the homes was excessive and too harsh to remedy a violation of planning regulations.

Homeowner Elan Raja told the hearing He had experienced a “nightmare” begging to leave his house.

He said he paid £1,057,000 for the property in 2016 – but has since spent more than £215,000 on renting an alternative property and other costs.

“It was life-changing for me,” he said.

“I feel trapped in a vicious circle of increasing financial pressure and impact on my family.

“Every day feels like waking up in a nightmare. The best way to describe it is a pressure cooker.”

Despite his pleas, the properties have now been demolished.

Councilor Andy Morgan said: “It’s the right thing to do.

“There are two applications for the development of individual lots with minor changes.

“The intention is to rebuild them and save a lot of the materials.”

What you should know about the building permit

While minor improvements to your home may not require planning permission, any major work will require council approval.

You need planning permission when you are building a new lot, making major changes to your existing home, or changing the use of a building.

To find out if you need a permit, contact your municipal administration.

You can also Search a register of planning decisionsto raise objections or provide comments on proposed work in your area.

After the application has been submitted, your municipality decides on the approval.

Factors such as the number, size and appearance of the buildings as well as the impact of your development on the surrounding area are taken into account.

You will usually be informed of the Council’s decision within eight weeks.

If you are not granted permission, you may be able to appeal.

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If you carry out work that requires a permit without a permit, you may be served with a writ of execution asking you to reverse any changes you have made.

You can appeal an enforcement order, but it is illegal to ignore it.

Homeowners are devastated by the decision

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Homeowners are devastated by the decision
The nearly complete six-bed properties were found to be up to a third larger and in locations other than those permitted

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The nearly complete six-bed properties were found to be up to a third larger and in locations other than those permittedPhoto credit: SWNS
Councilor Andy Morgan said:

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Councilor Andy Morgan said: “It’s the right thing to do. The intention is to rebuild it and salvage much of the materials.Photo credit: SWNS

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Bobby Allyn

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