Resident’s anger over enforcement notice

Mike Beames has been told by Cherwell District Council he must remove the concrete block at the end of the garage in Mewburn Road, Banbury by next week. NNL-150514-131407001
Mike Beames has been told by Cherwell District Council he must remove the concrete block at the end of the garage in Mewburn Road, Banbury by next week. NNL-150514-131407001

A Banbury resident has vented his frustration at Cherwell District Council after he was given a 90-day enforcement notice to remove an extension to his garage.

Mike Beames ,of Nursery Drive, is planning to renovate his late mother’s property in Mewburn Road after she died in April last year.

After initially being given permission for the six-foot concrete block in 2013, following complaints from neighbours Mr Beames has endured an 18-month battle with the council which told him he needs to remove it by the end of next week.

He said: “I have had planning permission for the [existing] garage since 1971 and wanted to extend it further so I could park another vehicle in there. But the council wants me to remove it. I have gained another six feet but it is surrounded by a six-foot fence so cannot be seen by nearby neighbours. I am exasperated the council is insisting I remove it. This whole ordeal has been very stressful and cost me thousands of pounds.”

The reason for refusal was that the extension ‘would be detrimental to the amenity of the neighbouring properties in Kingsway by reason of the overlooking and consequent loss of privacy to the occupants of those properties and use of their own private amenity space.’

The enforcement notice was issued on February 16 of this year.

A Cherwell District Council spokesperson said: “A complaint was raised by a neighbouring property and the potential for over-looking and loss of privacy, which was investigated by the planning enforcement team.

“It was found an existing garage at Mewburn Road had been extended and additional area of concrete base had been constructed at the rear, and an application was invited for the retention of the extended garage. Mr Beames is not required to demolish his garage, but required to remove a raised section of concrete base at the rear of the garage.”