A homeowner has been living a nightmare fearing her ceilings will collapse after her neighbours built an illegal £300,000 ‘monster mansion’.
Gurwinder Singh razed a 1950s semi-detached house before starting plans to build his dream pad in Willenhall, West Meads.
But he has now been ordered to demolish the horrific half-building after neighbours discovered it had been built without planning permission.
Video obtained by The Sun Online showed workers using ropes to pull down the end of the gable of the modest three-and-a-half-bed home, causing rubble to fall to the ground.
Neighbors told of their anger at the new four-bed house – which is said to cost between £200,000 and £300,000.
A pensioner who lives next to the new house said drills and a steel beam went through her dividing wall.
Read more about housing
I’m hungry for kids but scared and broke – I need a £600,000 house first
13 Best Air Purifiers for 2022 – Reduce Dust, Pollen and Pollution in Your Home
Wall experts warned the woman not to sleep in the upstairs bedroom for fear her roof could collapse.
The woman, who did not want to be named, claimed that workers also used the garden as a toilet as they destroyed and rebuilt the house.
Now with the order of the council, she will endure even more damage as it will be knocked down again.
She said: “It was a nightmare. I was widowed, I lived alone and all I wanted was peace and quiet.
The Sun is the most read
“Instead, I have a jackhammer every day from 8am to 10pm and the drill goes through my walls.
“I couldn’t even use a room because I was told the chimney might collapse from the ceiling.
“As far as I know, there is no substitute for any health and safety measures.
“They used the garden as a toilet. I would go out and do some gardening and someone would drop their pants.
“I live a normal life in complete silence, but it’s taken away from me.”
Mr Singh bought the house in 2020 for around £190,000 and applied for planning permission for a two-storey extension.
In December of that year, he levelled the entire house and called in workers to build a house three times larger.
The woman, who spent £3,000 in legal fees to stop working, added: “He told me he always wanted a huge lounge.
“But why can’t he just buy a house with a big lounge – or a piece of land with room to build on?
“When he first moved in, he was lovely and bought me a bottle of wine. He didn’t tell me at all what his plans were.”
Late last year, locals won a ban that brought work to a standstill.
Today, piles of rubble and building materials can be seen inside the shell of the four-bed home with no windows.
The roof appears to have sunk and there are concerns that it is not properly supported underneath.
Neighbor Ron Jenkins, 72, is a builder with more than 50 years of experience.
He said: “It’s one of the worst buildings I’ve ever seen. The only thing that makes up for it is the brickwork – the rest is terrible.
“I was sitting in my garden watching them crack and just scratching my head about what they were doing.
“I’ve been doing extensions my whole life and I’m not at all against them. But there’s a reason for the planning rules – it’s to stop things like this.
“The roof is half done, if there is a structure to support it, I’m not sure.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in my life.”
Walsall Council received 95 petitions for complaints from angry neighbours who said the house “looked like a gym” and was much larger than the surrounding houses.
This month it issued an enforcement notice ordering Mr Singh to demolish the home after rejecting a retrospective planning application.
Senior planning magistrate Frank Whiteley said ordering the demolition was a “last resort”.
Commission chairman Mike Bird said: “The Walsall Commission will put ‘force’ back into action.
“I’m tired of seeing planning violations in the borough because people think ‘I’m doing it because I can’.”
Read more about the sun
Ukraine snatches Putin’s friend ‘Prince of Darkness’ and offers POW deal
Rylan gets into shock feud with I’m A Celeb star after she tells him to ‘be real!’
Mr Singh’s agent Construction and Interiors Ltd said: “Unfortunately, during construction, the builders on site removed most of the home’s existing walls.
“This meant that the building needed new brickwork, and when law enforcement stepped in, they suggested that in order to fix this, the site should go through the application process again as a retrospective plan.”
source: Read the full article