Mum has £11,000 extension – however is ordered to rip it DOWN in baffling council decision


Nicola Graham-O’Connor, 49, turned into left speechless while she and her husband opened a letter from the council giving them 28 days to undo the work they’d concept was accredited. Nicola never had formal making plans or permission for the extension.

Still, claims she rang the council making plans branch before the builders started paintings – and turned into assured that approval was not wanted. In a council letter, she has been known that a bid for “retrospective planning permission” is “not going to be impending” – and now she has 28 days to pull the front of her house down or face legal motion.

Nicola and her husband Adrian, 48, experience absolute helplessness as they cannot manage to pay for felony advice or pay developers to undo the changes – that were finished simply three weeks in the past after three years of work.

Nicola, a petroleum station cashier from Birmingham, West Mids, said: “Some years ago, I used to be in a vehicle coincidence, and I couldn’t preserve on the pinnacle of the gardening inside the front, so I wanted a show that could look after itself.

“We started our over three years ago and asked the planning department for the extension to be brought, and they stated it might be nice.

“Closing week, we acquired a letter from the council saying there has been a complaint about the house, and we had until September 9th to reverse the modifications.”


Nicola, who often needs a walking stick or her husband’s aid, selected the front lawn to help her walk in and out of her residence. However, the couple wanted an open front; they felt pressured to install a boundary fence after criminal interest was happening on their doorstep.
Nicola said: “Because it’s a 1930s house does that imply it cannot trade? There are numerous, many houses which have been changed within the place. “I might not spend cash if I concept there was something wrong after talking to the making plans committee.

“In line with planning guidelines, you are allowed to add up to ten consistent with cent of your home’s square foot, which means that we’ve gone over by 0.02 according to cent. “Is that honestly really worth the trouble? It’s made me truly poorly – I need it to be stopped. “I do not need to bother anybody – I just want to simplify my existence.”

Nicola and her husband have explored all avenues to get the assistance they need to maintain their extension – which they say seems bigger than it, in reality, is due to the slope. It is on. Nicola is already in sick fitness because of her car crash. With the pressure and pressure of being instructed to rip down her satisfaction and pleasure designed to improve her health, she’s suffering to manage.