Luxury house could be demolished

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A NEWLY built house in Bishopbriggs may have to be torn down because of a string of planning breaches.

Councillors on East Dunbartonshire’s planning committee refused a retrospective planning application for the five-bedroom property, located between Heatherbrae and Brackenbrae Avenue, in Bishopbriggs last night (Tuesday).

The property is larger than the original plans specified - being more than two metres higher, nearly three metres longer and 1.2 metres wider.

The house owner applied for retrospective planning permission, claiming the builder carried out the changes without his knowledge.

But the move sparked concerns from some residents in the area who objected on the grounds that they suffer a loss of privacy, obstructs light and that it will set a precedent to future decisions.

The council said the house “as constructed differs considerably from a previously approved scheme, is not in line with Local Plan policy and guidance and raises considerable amenity and potential precedent issues”.

It will now initiate formal enforcement action, setting out remedial action, which in this case is “likely to involve the demolition of the house”.

The owner will have the right to appeal.

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