Longlevens garden grabber's house plan rejected
'Garden grabber' Michael Bourne has had his plans to convert an outbuilding into a home thrown out.
The 33-year-old Longlevens plumber, from Longford Lane, enraged neighbours after announcing that he wanted the back garden building to become a house for his mum and dad.
But city councillors rejected his bid at a planning committee meeting on Tuesday night.
Councillor Jeremy Hilton (LD, Kingsholm and Wotton) said: “There have been a few of these types of plans lately and some of them are fine but others are quite clearly just garden grabbing and this was one of them.
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“We rejected the plan unanimously.
“Here we have a building that was put up with a totally different design to the one he applied for and he has quite clearly tried to circumvent the planning rules to get what he wanted.”
But Mr Bourne hit back saying he would appeal the decision.
He said: “I knew this would happen. I said my piece but the councillors were so one-sided and showed no leniency.
“I only want to convert the building so that mum and dad can live there when they get a bit older.
“My neighbour objected to the plan yet he went and built his own two-storey outbuilding. It’s such double standards.”
Mr Bourne is currently using the outbuilding as a personal gym and it also is home to a pool table.
It was built in 2012 but was found to be seven metres deeper than the building he was given permission for and it was also constructed with a different roof style.
In recent months planning authorities have seen a spike in the number of ‘garden grabbing’ plans as homeowners attempt to make their unused land more profitable.
But some of the plans, such as Mr Bourne’s, have run the risk of causing controversy among neighbours.
Neighbour David Carter said: “It soon became evident to us that the building was never intended to be anything other than a separate dwelling and since completion there has been no evidence of it being used for its original purpose.”