‘40ft garden crater is planning mix-up’

Dispute over large 20ft deep hole in neighbours garden said to encroach on Bob Ettenfield's property in Elland
Dispute over large 20ft deep hole in neighbours garden said to encroach on Bob Ettenfield's property in Elland
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THE Environment Agency is being asked what could be done about a 40ft crater in a back garden.

Councillor David Hardy has turned to the Government body after hitting a brick wall with council planners.

Jerry Malik owns a house in Victoria Road, Elland, and has left his plans for a new home and an underground swimming pool unfinished.

The land backs on to the property of Bob Ettenfield, of Victoria Avene, who called in the council. But its hands are tied as it gave Mr Malik planning permission.

A furious Mr Hardy recently met with planning chiefs and said the council had been unprofessional.

Planning conditions had now been met but not before work started, said Mr Hardy. “That was the time to turn it down but the hole was dug and it never came to committee.

“I’m going to ask the Environment Agency to look into it,” said Mr Hardy (Lib-Dem, Elland).

He said the case highlighted the need of a review of the council’s planning department.

“The people of Calderdale are not being served properly.

“The council is making rods for its own back,” said Mr Hardy.

Meantime, Mr Ettenfield, is stuck with the hole over his garden fence.

“We seem to be going round in circles,” he said.

He said he is considering building a high boundary wall to block it out.