All in all, too many bricks in this wall?

CONFLICT between next door neighbours over a home extension took to the floor of Thurrock Council on Thursday.

Now members of the Council’s planning committee have voted to visit the scene of the dispute, in Victoria Avenue, Grays.

Mr Neil Donovan, who lives at number 76, has applied for permission to build the extension – and has already started building work, despite not having permission.

A large brick wall has already gone up, prompting a protest from neighbour Ken Gaylor who took to the chamber to express his opposition.

In a detailed and impassioned plea to councillors he told how he had no objection to a previous glass conservatory on the back of his neighbour’s house but he now faced living against a brick wall.

Mr Donovan had previously applied for an extension which had been turned down, but he had already erected one of its walls. That angered Mr Gayler, who said: “There are a number of anomalies in this which makes a mockery of the system.
“The previous conservatory was a glazed structure, but for the past six months now we have been faced with a brick wall which is an imposing structure.”

He said he was angry and disappointed that no action had been taken against the wall, which had been built without planning permission, saying: “There is no policing of these actions, which creates controversy.”

A planning officer, who had recommended approval of Mr Donovan’s latest proposal, accepted that the wall was illegal, but that enforcement action hadn’t taken place because officers wanted to “work with the applicant to find a solution.”

Councillors are to visit the site before making a decision.

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