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Unauthorised dwelling demolished in Cookstown

Published on Wed, 1 Aug 2007
A bungalow which was built without planning permission has been demolished in Cookstown.
The unauthorised dwelling at Corvanaghan Road, Cookstown has been the subject of a long running enforcement case by the Planning Service.
A Planning Service Enforcement Officer said: “Although the owner, Mr Patrick Quinn, made a retrospective planning application for the bungalow, planning permission was refused as it did not integrate into the countryside and would result in a build up of development when viewed with existing buildings. The application was also contrary to PPS14 (Planning Policy Statement 14: Sustainable Development in the Countryside). Following the refusal of planning permission, an Enforcement Notice requiring the demolition of the partially constructed bungalow issued on 13 September 2006. Mr Quinn appealed the Enforcement Notice to the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC)."
The Enforcement Notice was upheld by the PAC on 3 May 2007 giving Mr Quinn sixty days to comply with the Enforcement Notice.
A recent site inspection confirmed that the dwelling has now been demolished.
The Enforcement Officer explained: "We usually seek the co-operation of the developer when a breach of planning control has been identified but when this is not forthcoming, we are committed to having unacceptable breaches rectified by whatever means available under planning legislation. In this instance, the dwelling was clearly unacceptable and the owner's co-operation in reacting quickly, saved on public resources. Failure to comply with such a Notice could have resulted in the developer facing a maximum fine of £30,000."

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