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We live next to a rough unfinished house that leaks into our house

LOCALS in a West Mids street spoke of their joy after learning a house that had been left unfinished for four years would finally be demolished.

The property on a quiet tree-lined street in Walsall was abandoned after it was partially built – leading to major problems for residents.

A Walsall house left unfinished and open to the elements for many years will finally be demolished

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A Walsall house left unfinished and open to the elements for many years will finally be demolishedCredit: SnapperSK
Neighbor Nigel Groucutt said the unfinished house was a 'sick and tearful' place

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Neighbor Nigel Groucutt said the unfinished house was a ‘sick and tearful’ placeCredit: SnapperSK

Neighbors had to pay thousands of dollars after rainwater poured from their shabby roof flooded their home.

The original owner purchased the property on Walstead Road in October 2016 before tearing it down and starting new construction.

However, the construction was never completed – and since then it has become a “nightmare” for those living on the street.

Accountant Jo Perry, 51, who lives in a semi-detached area, spoke after learning the council had finally acted.

“It’s bad living next door. Knocking problems have cost me around £5,000,” she said.

The building is said to have violated zoning regulations, flooding her daughter’s room.

She told Sun Online: “An order to demolish the building was given in March 2019, but nothing happened.

‘NIGHTMARE’

“The order was recently re-issued, but it may not make sense again.

“It was a nightmare.”

The house had holes in it and the roof was incomplete, partially covered with black tarp.

The front garden was littered with rubble.

David Smith, a former painter said: “It used to be such a lovely house and look at it now.

“It was right next to me, and what a sight it was.

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“They turned it into a construction site. It’s a disgrace.”

The 58-year-old said a summer home had been built at the back of the property – before the council ordered the owner to demolish it because it was illegal.

“The house used to be beautiful, but they almost knocked it to the ground,” he said.

“We heard the owner has disappeared.”

David Willoughby, who lives in two doors, called it a “disgrace”, while Nigel Groucutt, who owns the house opposite, said it was a “shame and an eyesore”.

“It’s a big hole,” said Groucutt.

“The roof is too long, the wrong angle causes the house next door to leak.

It’s really horrible. Counterfeit problems cost me around £5,000

“Then they installed new windows that matched the style, but the owners didn’t pay the installers, so the company came in and took all the new windows out.”

Walsall Council said to Mail Birmingham The owner initially licensed the side two-story extension, loft conversion with rear dorm window and one-story front extension in February 2018.

However, after neighbors complained, they discovered the owner “effectively demolished the original house and replaced it with a larger structure”.

Another zoning application was denied and in November 2018 the council issued a coercive notice requiring the owners to completely demolish the house.

But no action was taken.

A spokesman said authorities have now resolved the issue themselves and will enforce a “zoning directive” to get rid of the house.

Cllr council leader Mike Bird added: “The planning system exists to protect us all and prevent the construction of uncontrolled and unsafe structures.

“While this is a last resort, the neighbors, in this case, have endured years of hardship and uncertainty and I hope this action will resolve the issue.”

Jo Perry, who lives next door, says she has paid thousands of dollars for problems caused by the abandoned property.

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Jo Perry, who lives next door, says she has paid thousands of dollars for problems caused by the abandoned property.
The original owner purchased the home in 2016 before applying for planning permission for some changes, which was granted

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The original owner purchased the home in 2016 before applying for planning permission for some changes, which was grantedCredit: BPM
However, they later demolished the whole thing and started building a larger property

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However, they later demolished the whole thing and started building a larger propertyCredit: BPM
Council leaders say they have finally taken steps to demolish the house themselves after previous orders were ignored

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Council leaders say they have finally taken steps to demolish the house themselves after previous orders were ignoredCredit: SnapperSK

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17549750/unfinished-house-demolished-west-mids-nightmare/ We live next to a rough unfinished house that leaks into our house

Bobby Allyn

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