Homeowner claims new homes decision would be against the law

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A HOMEOWNER claims council chiefs are breaking planning laws by proposing to give the go-ahead for a house to be built near his home.

Durham County Council is expected to approve plans by Persimmon Homes to build 58 houses on the former ITEC site in Neville Road, Peterlee, when its area planning committee meets today.

But Terry Wolfe has hit out at the council as he says one of the houses, Plot 24, which backs on to his house in Burnside, will be just 27ft away from his home.

Planning guidelines state there must be at least 40.5ft between main elevations and gable end elevations of all of the neighbouring properties.

The 54-year-old says if the plans are given the go-ahead, he will lose light from his windows. And he fears this could set a precedent for the council to flout the guidelines for future development.

Terry, who has lived in the property for 14 years and was due to argue his case to councillors during the meeting, said: “They are breaking planning laws. It’s going to affect my property and my light and privacy, it’s ludicrous.

“This house is going to be 22ft high and at this time of the year I will be cast in shadow.”

A council spokeswoman said the 40ft measure was not a “hard and fast” rule and is mainly for guidance to be applied in individual sets of circumstances and wouldn’t break any rules.