A BUSINESSMAN, who built unauthorised extensions to his ‘Los Angeles-style’ mansion, may be forced to dismantle them after his appeal was rejected.
Abdul Hafiz had hoped Kirklees Council would approve a set of alterations he had made to his new home, on Inglewood Avenue, Birkby.
But in August councillors refused to grant retrospective planning permission for his taller garage, higher swimming pool roof, higher upper floor windows and other additional windows.
Now Kirklees Council may force Mr Hafiz to take down the extensions after his appeal was dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate.
Upholding he council’s decision, Planning Inspector Victor Crumley said the house was "overdominant and unsympathetic to the street scene, and out of keeping with the restrained established character of the surrounding residential area."
Mr Crumley said: "These effects are the greater as a result of the unauthorised increases in height and mass, which add noticeably to its size, and change the proportions of the component elements of the building.
"I conclude that the appeal proposal, as now built on site, has an unacceptable adverse effect on the character and appearance of the street scene and the immediate surroundings."
A spokesman for Kirklees Council said: "Enforcement action is being considered to take the dwelling back to the approved design. We will be notifying Mr Hafiz when a final decision has been made as to whether to take enforcement action."
The mansion, on one of Huddersfield’s most expensive streets, had sparked anger among Mr Hafiz’s neighbours who felt the building was imposing, out of keeping with the area and intrusive to their privacy.
Mr Hafiz, who owns Saim’s restaurant and Bradford Road Pharmacy, Fartown, said he would co-operate with the council.
He said: "My next move is to work with the planners at Kirklees Council. I want to work with them and come to a compromise.
"We have already gone to them with some ideas and we will try and reach a compromise so that I can address all the concerns of the residents in the area.
"I am disappointed to lose the appeal but I still have the valid planning consent from 2009. There were some technical issues which arose during the building work which meant it varied from the plans but the footprint of the house has remained the same.
"No-one objected when the original plans went in and the protests only came when the work was well under way.
"It is certainly my intention to work with planners to sort it out."