Bishopbriggs couple win fight to keep their home extension

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A couple have saved their home extension from the bulldozers after a battle over planning permission.

Gordon and Katie Maxwell built the two-storey addition to side and rear of their home in Duncryne Place, Bishopbriggs.

But they had only applied for a single level structure at the rear when the works were carried out in 2018.

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In February this year East Dunbartonshire Council sent them a notice ruling the work had been done without proper permission.

The extension was built in 2018. Pic: File imageThe extension was built in 2018. Pic: File image
The extension was built in 2018. Pic: File image

The enforcement notice said they had to completely remove it or face a fine of up to £50,000.

The Maxwells appealed to the Scottish Government and insisted it could not be enforced as the work was completed outwith time limits.

This week, a government reporter has quashed the council decision after the couple provided dated photographs and paperwork which proved the work had been completed by December 2018.

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In a letter to the government, Mr and Mrs Maxwell said: "We are appealing this notice based on the legislation which states, 'where there has been a breach of planning control consisting in the carrying out without planning permission of building, engineering, mining, or other operations in, on, over or under land, no enforcement action may be taken after the end of the period of four years beginning with the date on which the operations were substantially complete'.

"As you can see from the programme of works, the substantial completion date was noted as December 23, 2018.

"Taking the above timeline of works into consideration, the time duration from substantial completion of the construction works to the date of the enforcement notice which is dated as February 29, 2024, is recorded as five years, two months and six days.

"This time duration is far greater than the duration of four years stated within the time limits contained within the enforcement notice."

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In his decision, government reporter Andrew Fleming said: "The appellant has provided two sets of photographs which show the various work elements carried out at the property.

"Each photograph is stamped with the time and date when they were taken. I am satisfied that an accurate record of the time and date of each photograph has been provided."

He added: "Given that the enforcement notice is dated February 29, 2024, a period in excess of four years, beginning on the date that the works were substantially completed, has now lapsed. No enforcement action can be taken as a result."

Heather Holland, executive officer for land, planning & development at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: "We note the decision from the Scottish Government reporter and will review the status of this case accordingly."

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