Rogue door causes uproar

The extent to which a local authority is justified in ordering a whole building to be demolished where planning consent has been breached is now pending in the High Court. The case centres on an enforcement notice ordering Anouschka Sparkes from Hampshire to remove a building on farm land at Hawkley on the basis it does not comply with permitted development provisions. That notice has been upheld by the Environment Secretary. However, the High Court has given Mrs Sparkes leave to challenge the decision. She argues the council approved the plans for a farm building. She admits she was wrong in constructing a dormer door which was not in the plans, but says this should be viewed as a breach of condition and that any enforcement notice should have referred only to the door, not the whole building.