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SALISBURY FAILS TEST OF TIME IN PLANNING ACTION

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Salisbury DC is facing compensation claims after failing to stop unauthorised building work said to have cut the va...
Salisbury DC is facing compensation claims after failing to stop unauthorised building work said to have cut the value of neighbouring homes.

The Times (p6) reports that the council told residents of Nomansland, Wiltshire, that it is now powerless to act because too much time has elapsed.

The conflict began nearly 10 years ago when Chris Monkton, a builder, replaced a small cottage with a five-bedroom house. He later added balconies to upstairs rooms.

Mr Monkton obtained retrospective planning permission for some of the work. But did not seek authorisation for the balconies.

Neighbours complained that the work breached planning rules but nothing was done.

A council spokesman said: 'Profuse apologies have been offered to the complainant and other neighbours. We have admitted liability. As regards compensation, that will be considered in due course.'

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