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Seven-year battle to build house not over yet

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

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A FRUSTRATED resident has vowed to fight on in his battle to build a home for his daughter which was first rejected seven years ago.

David Delves’ latest bid to build on land in Barton under Needwood has been been thwarted after an independent inspector upheld East Staffordshire Borough Council’s decision to refuse it.

The inspector, Victoria Lucas-Gosnold, ruled that the plan to build the home at Barton Gate lay 500 metres beyond the development boundary that exists in the area.

She also said as the area had few facilities, the occupant would always need to drive, which meant it was not a sustainable development.

It was the third time Mr Delves had failed in an attempt to overturn the council’s decision.

The authrority first rejected the application in 2007.

He owns another house adjacent to the site and wants to build a home for his 18-year-old daughter to move into.

But Mr Delves, a semi-retired worker at JCB, who also works in the property industry, believes he has been treated unfairly.

He said: “They say it is not in the development area - 500 metres out, but there are people in the countryside since who have been allowed to build houses. They have been disregarded.

“It’s unbelivable what I have seen built in the middle of nowhere.

Ms Lucas-Gosnold said Mr Delves’ arguments had been taken into consideration.

In a report stating the reasons for her decision, she said: “The appellant has drawn my attention to several other developments within the local area. However, whether or not those developments have taken place outside the defined development boundaries, there is little detailed information before me relating to thise specific schemes.

“As such, I cannot be certain in what ways they may be similar to this appeal proposal.

Depsite the latest setback, Mr Delves has resolutlely vowed to fight on.

He said: “There are two things I have always wanted to do in my life, have a narrowboat and build my own house. I bought a boat last year and I am not finished with this.”

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