Retrospective Planning

Updated on 22nd April 2015 in Retrospective Planning Permission
0 on 22nd April 2015

Hi,
We recently had a single story, front garage converted into a habitable part of our house done, which included raising the roof height.
We were granted planning permission, but during the course of building, the builder was persuaded by the owner of the next door garage (Tory councillor on planning!) that he was allowed to alter the height under permissible development, and he added another 0.5m to the peak, inclined roof height
This turned out to be rubbish, and after finishing and decorating, said neighbour put in a complaint to his contact in the planning dept. and we now have a breach of planning,
Our option is to rebuild, or apply for retrospective permission.
However the “friendly enforcement officer, has told us in no uncertain terms, that although “the re-application is judged on its merits”we would never get permission, as his report has made it clear it was an offensive eyesore, against the public interest.
Does anyone have a similar experience?
Does anyone have an idea of how much influence this enforcement officer has in a final decision.?

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