"Secret house" must be torn down say planners
THE OWNER of a "secret house" is fighting planners who want to tear the building down.
Gary Winchle has appealed against Stroud District Council's decision to pull down the shed in which it found a fully-furnished bedroom, lounge and a tiled shower room during a surprise raid in August.
Mr Winchle says in his appeal he accepts part of the building off Dursley Road, Woodfield, Cam was used as a home and has removed fixtures and fittings so it can't be lived in.
But the council insists he must take the whole building down.
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A spokesman for Stroud District Council said: "The council considers that the building is clearly larger than originally approved and it can easily identify the differences.
"We will refer to well established law and procedure to demonstrate that we are entirely within our rights to have the entire building removed from the land."
The council says the building is outside the settlement boundary and its authorised use is only for a garden centre.
Mr Winchle declined to comment.
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