REVISED plans have been submitted for a partially built seven-bedroom house conversion facing demolition after it was found to be bigger than the agreed size.

Construction stopped on the property in Plodder Lane, Farnworth, in 2019 after an investigation by the council.

Work had started with planning permission granted for extensions to a pair of houses, merging them into one dwelling.

However, investigations revealed the dormer being built was larger than what had been approved, with the house 0.59m wider, 0.52m deeper and 0.50m higher than allowed.

In a report lodged with Bolton Council along with retrospective plans, consultants AZH, said: “Work on site stopped in order establish how best to address the errors.

“The contractor who undertook the work is no longer appointed on the project.”

The council then issued an enforcement notice for the structure to be pulled down, prompting the applicant Amir Ali, to appeal to the planning inspectorate.

The report, said: “In light of the planning committee refusing to grant planning permission, an appeal has been lodged with the planning inspectorate in order to gain an independent assessment.

“The planning authority has also served and enforcement notice on the applicant to have the house demolished and therefore a second appeal has been lodged against specifically the enforcement notice. ”

Neighbours have previously described the property as a ‘monstrosity’ which has become ‘overpowering’ and ‘intimidating’.

In December, 2019, the developer was asked by the planning committee to address concerns over a dormer window on the top floor which residents in Tig Fold Road feared would look into their children’s bedrooms.

In the revised plans the dormer element has bow been taken out of the plans.

The report said: “The dormer has proved to be a very contentious issue.

“Rather than seek permission for a smaller dormer, the applicant has now taken the step of removing the dormer completely.

“The removal of the dormer and provision of obscure glazing to the rear first floor provides a level of privacy beyond what can be typically expected and which goes beyond that which existed with the semi-detached

properties that previously occupied the site.

“It is regrettable that this application has drawn so much attention.

“In planning policy terms the 2019 application was deemed acceptable by planning officers, but was not accepted by some planning committee members and some members of the public.

“It is hoped the above explanations into the design and the removal of the dormer will allow for the wider acceptance of the scheme.”

Planners will make a decision on the plans at a date yet to be decided.