A BUSINESSMAN who built a £1m mansion without permission has won his battle against a demolition order.
Azam Yaqoob, 36, is celebrating after being told he will not have to flatten the property in Huddersfield Road, Mirfield.
His victory comes after a two-day appeal hearing last month.
Kirklees Council had served him notice to demolish the nine-bedroom house which had been branded an eyesore by neighbours.
But the inspector who chaired the appeal has ruled in favour of Mr Yaqoob, subject to conditions involving removal of windows overseeing other properties and reducing the size of gate pillars.
Mr Yaqoob, who runs Mr Sparkles car wash in Dewsbury, was delighted after hearing the news.
He said last month he felt "optimistic" he would win the appeal.
The businessman reportedly paid £300,000 for the plot in 2003 and began extending the existing 1920s mock Tudor property.
He demolished most the original house and built a largely new structure.
His action was described as "cavalier" by the council.
But Mr Yaqoob said the house was not that big and was in keeping with others in the area.
More than 70 members of public packed into Huddersfield Town Hall for last month's inquiry, with several residents speaking against the home.
Kirklees Council said the defeat would not put it off taking a firm line against developers who it felt had broken the rules.
Council deputy leader Ken Sims said: "There a lot of people in Mirfield who supported the stance taken by the local planning committee and local councillors in relation to this development not being carried out in line with the approved planning permission.
"They will no doubt be disappointed with the planning inspector's decision."