Huddersfield builders merchant to close after planning permission row

A builder’s merchant and DIY store in Huddersfield has been ordered to demolish parts of its premises after it was found to be trading without planning permission.
The owners of ‘A to Z DIY and Plumbing’ in Fartown converted former supermarket into a builders and plumbers merchant without seeking planning permission. They have been ordered to cease operation.

An appeal to the Planning Inspectorate failed, the Huddersfield Daily Examiner reports.

An visiting inspector found sinks, toilets, baths and other plumbing items as well as timber, boards, doors and plasterboard.

A council spokesman said: “Following the dismissal of their appeal against the council’s enforcement notice, A to Z DIY and Plumbing of Cobcroft Road, Fartown, are required to stop using their site for storage of construction materials, and to demolish the unauthorised timber framed structure.

“They are also required to remove any building, construction and plumbing materials, and any storage containers from the site. They must also clear up any debris resulting from this action. They have until the May 20 to comply with the notice. Officers will continue to work with the business to ensure the matter is resolved.”

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