A DIY store and builder’s merchant must close and demolish part of its premises after it traded illegally.

Owners of ‘A to Z DIY and Plumbing’ in Fartown have been ordered to cease operation.

The premises, formerly a supermarket, have been converted into a builder’s and plumber’s merchant without planning permission.

Kirklees Council issued enforcement action last June but the firm appealed to the Planning Inspectorate.

Owner Tariq Ali has now lost his appeal and has just a few weeks to remove all the stock from the site on Cobcroft Road and return it to its former condition.

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Evidence submitted to the inspectorate revealed that orders for building supplies were made at another shop nearby and customers would then drive round to pick up their items.

On a visit by an inspector large amounts of sinks, toilets, baths and other plumbing items were found in the premises, formerly a liberal club.

In an outside storage yard, timber, boards, doors and plasterboard were available.

The inspector said the loading of items by forklift truck would undoubtedly have disturbed neighbouring residential homes, especially as evidence had been submitted showing an HGV being loaded up.

A2Z DIY, Cobcroft Road, Fartown, Huddersfield.

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.

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“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.”

Meanwhile, council planners have also successfully defended a second appeal against their order to remove illegal buildings from green space near Honley.

Richard Schweidler has been ordered to restore open land off Woodhead Road back to its former condition.

He has installed two sheds, a timber building and gated access to the site, which must now all be removed.