Latest attempt to save Leeds house from bulldozers fails

View from the rear of the house on The Drive, Cross Gates.
View from the rear of the house on The Drive, Cross Gates.
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The latest attempt to save a three-storey house in Leeds from the bulldozers has failed.

Ian Gordon has been fighting tooth and nail for retrospect planning permission to keep a three-storey house he built in the side garden of 56, The Drive in Cross Gates, six years ago.

But yesterday members of the north and east plans panel voted unanimously against the revised plan that would have seen the height of the building reduced by 25cm, if accepted.

No representations were made by the public or applicant, and no questions were asked by panel members about Mr Gordon’s latest proposal.

It is now expected he will appeal, but if that fails Mr Gordon has given certain assurances he will finally end the saga and demolish his dwelling.

Permission was originally granted in 2005 for a three bed detached dwelling with second floor ‘granny annex’ and detached garage – but the resulting building was much larger.

The City Council ordered it be torn down, but a series of revised applications, appeals and challenges has stalled the process along the way.

The legal wrangle moved to a whole new level in 2010 when the applicant claimed the City Council had no right to consider the height of a building in planning cases, and took his case to the High Court. Mr Gordon’s claims were thrown out.

He appealed, but later withdrew his challenge.

Last year a revised plan was rejected at panel, and Mr Gordon appealed, but again later withdrew his appeal.

The City Council started demolition proceedings, but the applicant said he would submit a fresh plan that would reduce the depth of the building by 90cm at the front and 80cm at the rear, reduce the height by at least 25cm and obscure certain windows to protect privacy of neighbours.

That was refused yesterday. (July 11)


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