Fury as man who built 'monster mansion' without permission accused of failing to clear rubble

How the 'monster mansion' did look
How the 'monster mansion' did look -Credit:SWNS

Neighbours are furious after a man allegedly ailed to clear up the rubble from a demolished "monster mansion" built during lockdown without planning permission. Gurwinder Singh built the four-bedroom property in Willenhall in 2020 but was hit with as many as 95 complaints from residents and ordered to tear down the half-built home by Walsall Council last December.

However, four months on, his neighbours are still not happy as they said the resulting demolition had not been cleared away, leaving visible debris and damage to some walls, the Mirror reported. Neighbour Pat said: "When the builders demolished the house they left rubble and building materials, including girders, roof tiles and rubbish. I have no idea why it hasn't been cleared away."

"I've been left with a plastic sheeting down the side of my outer wall and the chimney needs to be made safe and the foundations checked. This is old mining land. Firstly they need to repair my wall and clear the site," they told The Sun.

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Last year, neighbours fumed the building work had made their "lives hell" while others described it as "like a Travelodge in the middle of a housing estate". Delivery driver Mr Singh appealed to the Planning Inspectorate, but the council dismissed the appeal and upheld the original enforcement notice in July.

He was also warned of potential court action if he did not adhere to the enforcement notice by April. As the demolition process began, a neighbour commented: "It's about time - this has been dragging on for far too long and we just hope he follows through now. We always said he'd never get away with it but as time went on you did start to wonder."

-Credit:Joseph Walshe / SWNS
-Credit:Joseph Walshe / SWNS

"It's been a nightmare living next to a construction site and half-built shell for three years. We just hope he tears down the rest of it and doesn't leave another mess. We'll be relieved when it's all over."

The father-of-two had never sought planning permission and only received approval for a side extension to the existing 1960s house in 2020. It is believed that the brand new house would have cost around £200,000 to build -and would have been the largest property in the area.

Google street view from before the building work started. -Credit:SWNS
Google street view from before the building work started. -Credit:SWNS

Committee chairman Mike Bird expressed his frustration after they denied the respective planning permission last year, stating: "This is a very serious situation. An extension was approved and what we got was a brand new house to the detriment of the adjoining neighbour."

"Walsall Council is going to put 'force' back into enforcement. I am sick and tired of seeing breaches of planning regulations around the borough because people think 'I do that because I can'."