Friday, January 29, 2010

How dare they! Won’t somebody think of the children?!

Luxury barn fraud pair keep home near Potters Bar

A property developer who fraudulently built a luxury home disguised as a barn on green belt land in Hertfordshire has fought off a council eviction bid. Mr Beesley was granted permission to build a barn for agricultural use only but fitted it out as a luxury house complete with three bedrooms, a study, bathroom, lounge, reception area, storeroom and gym. --- [This is absolutely shocking. Can you imagine if everyone built themselves a barn-sized house? The whole country would be living in big spacious houses, and that would never do!]

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12 thoughts on “How dare they! Won’t somebody think of the children?!

  • mark wadsworth says:

    Drewster, that would be a vision of Hell!

    The Hallowed Greenbelt would shrink by a per cent or three! What would the landed gentry do if they lost three per cent of their agricultural subsidies! Far better we live in over-priced rabbit hutches, eh?

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  • gone-to-colombia says:

    I used to be an elected menber of a planning committee.
    I found that they rode roughshod over the applicants in astonishing displays of double standards.
    I recall one application for a golf clubhouse to be built upon a sea bank defence, this should have been refused, but all the councillor golf club members lined up to vote it through. Yet, on the same day they refused a simple small wall sign for a struggling local business. The sign was to be a mere 2 foot square.
    If the barn had been there for four years as a house/barn then there could not have been much of a problem.

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  • They played the system and won. Fair enough. Who doesn’t play the system in their own way? If there is a problem, might it be the system that needs fixing instead?

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  • They took a massive risk though. There have been plenty of cases where amateur developers have had to tear down their creations because they didn’t have planning permission. This couple could have lost their £500,000 development!

    Here’s a very similar case where the owner lost and was ordered to knock down a miniature castle:
    BBC News: Farmer loses hidden castle fight

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  • Good luck to them!

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    D, that’s a shame, he was on the telly and everything.

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  • So you guys would rather the whole country gradually becomes more and more like a continuous urban sprawl? You prefer the look and feel of concrete to grass, right?

    I’m with you about the subsidies but eternally expanding towns and cities and airports isn’t a pleasant long term solution to an overpriced property market.

    I must admit though, given the barn was already there and quite possibly surplus to requirements in this country, I don’t see the big deal in a family living in it. I think the planning laws about change of use for buildings are often pretty unfair; if someone buys up a derelict warehouse or shop, why the hell shouldn’t they be allowed to live in it? Still, if they did change the planning regs I’m sure everyone selling these empty barns and shops and other buildings would try and crank the prices up to the levels of the houses. We’re almost there already when you see small plots of land with no planning permission for over 100k.

    It’s all a bit depressing.

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  • He played the sytem and won. Good luck to him. Just like the bankers, MPs etc.

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  • Yep. I thought the guy who hid his castle behind hay bales also should have been allowed to keep the house.

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  • good luck to them

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  • what’s this discussion about?
    a defence of property developers?
    a defence of filling the country up with even more developments nobody needs?
    the man is speculating, in a just world, he should be fined and moved out.

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  • @1, you said, “The Hallowed Greenbelt would shrink by a per cent or three! What would the landed gentry do if they lost three per cent of their agricultural subsidies! Far better we live in over-priced rabbit hutches, eh?”
    Well, not much of the green belt is owned by landed gentry getting agricultural subsidies – most of the subsidies go to large farms out in the wilds of Lincolnshire, or across the Cotswolds.

    If green belt protection went it would only be by 3% – *per annum*. I once drove past an area of the South Downs that had not had the benefit of planning protection, row after row of – over-priced rabbit hutches. But each was surrounded by a pocket- handkerchief sized garden. Presumably they had been sold as idyllic retirement properties with a view of something or other. I imagine that by now the gardens have disappeared as well, replaced by concrete for the necessary extra parking space. The views, of course, went long since, when the next lot of rabbit hutches blocked it.

    But, of course, it would be heaven for construction companies who could build lots of nice new big housing estates, without any of the trouble of redeveloping brownfield sites. The occupiers would need two cars per family, and then the road builders could start producing clones of the M25 to enable everyone to get out of these new idyllic parks, and THEN we would need new retail parks.

    It’s all a bit like a fungal infection – you get lively activity round the edges as new growth pushes outward, and the stuff in the middle goes all brown and dies, but the areas of lively activity shortly get killed off and go brown themselves and it’s only the newer bits a little further from the centre that have any space to expand. And your towns and city centres are surrounded by large semi-slums of decaying housing that no one wants except the illegal immigrants and migrant workers. The only exceptions are the increasingly large areas that have to be given over to roads and car parks – I believe that LA is something like 30% road/car parking, and its air quality is legendary.

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