An 'unauthorised' house all but built on an estate in Flixton is at risk after retrospective permission for the property was refused.

Councillors on the Planning and Development Management Committee considered the case at their meeting last week.

According to a report to the committee, the house on the corner of Easedale Close and Marlborough Road is all but built, apart from its roof and its rendering.

Messenger Newspapers: The house at the corner of Easedale Close and Marlborough Road. Picture: Acer Town PlanningThe house at the corner of Easedale Close and Marlborough Road. Picture: Acer Town Planning

But when construction started last year, after the demolition of an extension and a garage, it did so without authorisation.

For reasons which are unclear, due to the redaction of information from the application, the applicant was under the impression he was authorised to start the work. It was a surprise when compliance officers contacted him to tell him this was not the case.

Nonetheless, the report to the committee recommended retrospective permission was refused.

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It reads: "The design of the dwelling as constructed does not reflect local character and distinctiveness, and appears as an intrusive and incongruous element in the street scene, harmful to the character and appearance of the area."

Emma Jones, of Acer Town Planning, and Cllr Simon Thomas, who represents Flixton Ward, spoke against the report.

But a number of other councillors on the committee came down on the side of the officers who wrote it.

Cllr Laurence Walsh said: "There's no other way of saying it, but I believe the officers got this one right.

"I'm trying to be diplomatic, but I can't support it," he added.

Cllr Daniel Chalkin said: "I agree with what Cllr Walsh said.

"I drove down the road. I didn't spend a lot of time there, because I saw straight away that it stuck out like a sore thumb."

After consideration, retrospective permission was refused in line with the recommendation.

This means it is up to compliance officers to decide on what action to take on the property.

This article was written by Jack Tooth. Jack is the reporter for The Messenger and covers anything and everything from within the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford.

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