A BUSINESSMAN is fighting to keep his Los Angeles-style mansion at its current size.
Planners will decide this week if Abdul Hafiz can retain the height of his controversial home at Inglewood Avenue in Birkby.
The owner of Saim’s restaurant and Bradford Road Pharmacy told the Examiner last year that his mansion – featuring a double garage, six en-suite bedrooms, a swimming pool, a sauna and a gym – had “brought LA to Huddersfield.”
But some neighbours have objected to the new house, saying it is overbearing and out of keeping with the area.
Mr Hafiz won planning permission to build a new home at the site in 2009.
But the council’s Huddersfield Planning Sub-committee ruled in August 2011 that the businessman had exceeded planning permission by building the house too high.
In March the same committee gave Mr Hafiz fresh planning permission, provided he reduce the roof height by between 0.5 and 1.2 metres.
But he has now asked the council for permission to keep the main house at its current height and reduce the garage and swimming pool building only.
Huddersfield Civic Society has written to the council objecting to the plan.
The group said: “There has been a lengthy planning history on this site, including the applicant’s attempt to gain retrospective permission for the house as built.
“It seems perverse that the house should now be allowed to be retained at its current height, half a metre higher than permitted.”
Five people have written to Kirklees Council backing Mr Hafiz.
Their points include:
Reducing the roof height would not significantly improve the streetscene.
The enforced alterations are unreasonable.
Mr Hafiz and his family have been put through “a significant ordeal and this matter should be drawn to a close”.
The council’s Huddersfield Planning Sub-committee will rule on the proposal at its monthly meeting at Huddersfield Town Hall from 1pm on Thursday.
Councillors will also decide if Mr Hafiz should have more time to carry out the reduction.
In April Kirklees gave the businessman three months to get the work done. Mr Hafiz has asked for an extension of five months which would give him until November to complete the changes.
Clr Cahal Burke is against the proposal.
The Lindley Lib Dem said: “I object to any extension of time. It was agreed three months for a reason.
“The residents should not have to put up with any more inconvenience and the applicant should get on with it now.”