HOMEOWNERS have accused their “sneaky” neighbors of building two secret “party houses” in a nearby wooded area.
Locals claim John and Carol Ann Sugden threw loud parties at lots they built on their two-acre hideout.
The couple did not have planning permission to build the homes on the remote piece of land in Ulverscroft, Leicestershire.
They have also not been given permission to let people live on the property, Charnwood Borough Council’s planning session heard last night.
Neighbors have accused the couple of throwing loud parties and bonfires at the remote spot, which was formerly a nursery.
A volunteer from the Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation, which runs nearby Ulverscroft Manor, told The Sun: “Nobody likes to ignore planning regulations.
“The buildings weren’t supposed to be there as apartments, so it’s only fair that the council should take action. It is time.
A resident of the village said: “I don’t know the owner or developer of these facilities, but I’m amazed they’ve gotten away with it for so long.
“It’s been over four years. It’s pretty sneaky.”
At the council meeting, Mr and Mrs Sugden were accused of failing to submit planning applications.
Mr Sugden – accompanied by an agent – told the Planning Committee that in October 2017 he had bought the former Ulverscroft Grange Nursery and surrounding land.
They began remodeling the buildings and created a large patio area in front of the main house. The couple also built a second home.
Mr Sugden insisted: “They are not apartments, they are leisure huts.
“They are small, modest buildings and they are well shielded.”
He added, “I don’t see how they can influence anyone in any way.”
The property owner shared how he and his family occasionally used the property and his wife also tended the bees on site.
Despite this, Charnwood Borough Council planning officers voted unanimously in favor of “formal enforcement action”.
This could result in the properties being demolished.
The Sugdens have six months to do this – but could appeal.
Mr Sugden declined to comment when approached by The Sun after the meeting.
A lawyer has previously revealed how far one can build on a neighbor’s property without a building permit from the council.
In their findings, planning officials wrote: “The identified damage to the landscape and unsustainable site is considered significant and demonstrable.
“Although the development would result in the addition of a flat, this is not seen as a benefit that would outweigh the harm identified.
“Therefore, it is understood that formal enforcement action should be taken.”
The council gave the Sugdens “six months from the effective date of termination” to demolish the houses.
And neighbors complained about the littered bungalow next door, with trees growing out of it.
Meanwhile, another resident was furious at their neighbor’s monstrosity expansion, which was approved due to a council error.
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