Architect Ordered To Demolish Award-Winning Home!

It’s the stuff that nightmares are made of… an award-winning architect has been ordered by Islington Council to tear down his six-storey home – which won two awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) – after the local authority decided that it failed to match up with the plans he originally submitted.

There was a time when 15 Clerkenwell Close was hailed as an “architectural triumph” by the RIBA, the London Evening Standard reports, but an enforcement notice has now been sent out because the finished property doesn’t reflect the proposals put forward in the first planning application back in 2012.

Amin Taha, 47, is now fighting the enforcement notice and trying to save his £4.65 million property, saying: “It’s our family home, it’s my office. My parents should be retiring and coming to live here and my sister too, but we’ve had to put it on hold because it could all be destroyed.”

He went on to say that council officials were worried that stone had been used on the façade instead of brick, adding that this part of the overall design had in fact been approved but the relevant paperwork had since been lost.

A council spokesman was quoted by the news source as saying: “In the council’s view, the existing building does not benefit from planning permission, and the council issued an enforcement notice on 26th February 2018, to take effect on 9th April 2018.

“The owners of the site appealed that enforcement notice on 6th April 2018, and the case will now be handled by the Planning Inspectorate.”

As sad as this story is, it does emphasise the importance of ensuring you have planning permission in place and that you stick to the original plans, unless you have permission to deviate from said plans later down the line.

Planning applications must be decided in accordance with local authority development plans, with the local planning authority considering the number, size, layout and external appearance of buildings. It will also pay close attention to any landscaping requirements, the proposed use of the development and the likely impact of it on the surrounding area.

If your application is refused for whatever reason or granted subject to various conditions, you’ll receive notification of this in writing. You then have the right to appeal the decision. If you’re not happy or unclear about the reasons for the refusal of your application, if this takes place, do talk to a staff member at the local authority planning department.

Talk to them about whether changing your plans would make a difference. You may be able to submit another proposal with alterations free of charge within a year of the decision on your first application but you should talk this over with your local authority before making any moves in this regard.

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