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Unlawful House Comes Down


     The long-running saga of a 400,000 pounds house built without planning permission in the North Yorkshire village of Ingleby Arncliffe has ended. The property has now been demolished.
Members of Hambleton District Council's development control committee placed a demolition order on the home in 2005.
     Since then a series of planning appeals and legal challenges were lodged and lost by the then owner of the building, Peter Howell. His business has since gone into liquidation and the Royal Bank of Scotland became the owners of the property. They accepted that it had to be demolished.
     Appeal decisions described the building as "dominant and visually intrusive by virtue of its height, bulk and colour" and said it was "not in keeping with the general character of that part of Ingleby Arncliffe".
     The council's head of planning, Maurice Camm, said: "This house was built without planning permission - the developer believed he could take a chance and get round the rules."
     He added: "We explored every avenue and the only way forward was demolition. We hope this sends out a clear message to all developers - we will take the necessary action when properties are built without permission."
     Roger Milne, 18 June 2009

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