17:30 Wednesday 08 January 2014

Neighbours' dismay at delayed building work

Written bySARAH BOULD

PEOPLE in a South Derbyshire village want action taken over a temporary building that is an ‘eyesore.’

The terrapin in Eggington Road in Etwall was erected in 2012 as temporary residential accommodation while the landowner builds a house on the site.

However, people living nearby say that building work on the house has made little progress and the site is an ‘eye sore’ with scaffolding visible and an ugly boundary fence.

At a meeting of Etwall Parish Council a number of residents asked for the council’s help in getting a definite date for when the temporary building would be taken down and the construction work completed.

One resident, who lives on Etwall Grove, said: “I feel very strongly about this building that is under construction. It will be three years in March since permission was given and they have only built the ground floor.

“The site is quite intrusive and an eyesore.

‘I realise he’s got the right to build his lot but I wish he had done it in a timely manner. It is an ambitious project.

Another resident said: “We need a sure and finite date on this application.

“It could go on for years. We want temporary planning permission to be just that.”

A retrospective application for the portable building was submitted to South Derbyshire District Council in 2012 after the applicant, Anthony Smith, had already commenced work.

It was granted planning permission by and a further application to keep the temporary building there is now under consideration.

Etwall Parish Council originally objected to the development on the grounds that there was no sign of the permitted development being undertaken and did not wish to see a portable building on he site until work was well underway.

The parish council told residents it will now write to South Derbyshire District Council about the site.

The landowner could not be contacted at the time of going to press.

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