These partly built homes in North Staffordshire town will have to be bulldozed – as they are too high



Two partially built houses on a new estate will have to be demolished as they have been constructed too high up from the ground.

Keepmoat Homes has already got permission to build dozens of houses at Thorley Drive in Cheadle.

But since work started, it has emerged that the floors for two of the properties are one metre above ground level.

This would mean a bedroom window at one of the houses would have a direct view of a neighbour’s home, encroaching on their privacy.

And because of the level difference, headlights from cars parked on the driveways would shine into other houses in Thorley Drive.

Back in August, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s planning committee refused an application to vary the planning conditions following residents’ concerns.

Now Keepmoat has submitted a new application, which in effect means it will have to start building work again on two of the plots.

In a report to councillors, planning officer Jane Curley said: “The developer is now proposing to amend the finished floor level for plots one and two and lower them by 0.5m.

“As construction has already commenced on these plots, the existing structures will need to be demolished, and this is acknowledged by the developer.”

The report says homes being built at seven other plots at the site don’t need to be altered as they won’t have an ‘unacceptable impact’ on neighbouring properties.

Ms Curley added: “Elsewhere across the site, levels work within 0.5m of existing ground levels and are considered to be acceptable.”

But in a letter to the planning committee, Cheadle councillor Richard Alcock said the developers should be made to lower the plan.

Committee member Peter Wilkinson added: “Lowering it half-a-metre is not going to get where we should be. It does not seem the right thing to do.

“All properties will have three steps down and it will be more than 20 inches from the road level.”

Councillors voted eight to three, with one abstention, to approve the new application for plots one and two.





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