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Sheffield - Holiday Homes May Be Razed - £500K+ Spent

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http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/barnsley/holiday_homes_may_be_razed_1_3083284

A BUSINESSMAN could lose hundreds of thousands of pounds on a development of holiday cottages at a Sheffield beauty spot after council chiefs said they were a foot too high and ordered him to pull them down.

Eric Lidster, who runs a plant and machinery hire business in Barnsley, has been rebuilding old wooden houses at Ewden village as stone properties which he hoped to rent out to tourists.

He bought the plots with planning permission already obtained by previous owner Yorkshire Water.

Sheffield Council decided the four new homes, on Pheasant Lane, off New Mill Bank, “exceeded the approved height and footprint” and issued an enforcement notice ordering him to bulldoze the cottages and grass over the sites.

But Mr Lidster, whose firm E J Lidster Ltd, is based in Lundwood, Barnsley, is appealing against the decision - arguing the extra height of the new homes, up to 30 centimetres taller than the original designs, is “insignificant”.

His case will be heard by the Planning Inspectorate at a date to be fixed.

Mr Lidster started rebuilding after spending £500,000 buying up almost all a large hillside site from Yorkshire Water, where dozens of wooden homes from the 1920s used to stand. They were built to house workers constructing Ewden reservoir but most had been demolished.

Mr Lidster has spent hundreds of thousands on construction. Three new houses, with large front windows for views across the valley, were to be let as holiday cottages.

So 30cm extra is too much.

Although considering the investment I'm not sure about the return he'd get renting them out as holiday homes.

The whole project seems madness, unless the building are metres wider than planned for this just seems ridiculous.

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