A NEW planning application has been submitted for a luxury housing development earmarked for demolition.

In May, five partially-built mansions were ordered to be bulldozed despite desperate pleas from the homeowners to the planning inspector.

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The detached mansions at Grundy Fold Farm, off Chorley New Road, were built up to a third bigger and in different locations than specified on the original plans.

Now the architects who drew up the original plans for the site have issued new plans for plot 4.

If approved by Bolton Council’s planning bosses, the existing house would be demolished and rebuilt in a different position.

Richard Pike at the Bolton-based architects said: “The original architects, Neil Pike Architects, have submitted plans for proposed amendments to Plot 4 of Grundy Fold Farm.

“If approved, this would mean that the existing houses would still be demolished, and Plot 4 would be rebuilt to a slightly different orientation to the previously approved dwelling.

“This has been the subject of pre-application advice with the Local Authority and would ensure the development conforms with planning policy.”

The applicant, Hasan Ayirgan, has applied for a variation on the original plans for the farmhouse element and that he intends to use the stone and roof tiles from the demolished house to build in the correct area.

Planning permission was initially granted for the conversion of the former farmhouse and four new homes around a central courtyard in 2014.

That planning permission, which is still in place, is for just four dwellings and conversion of the former farmhouse.

However, the farmhouse was demolished by the developers and stands partially rebuilt.

The householders have the option of their ‘fall back position’, which is to demolish the existing buildings and rebuild in the correct areas and to the correct size.

In a planning statement for Mr Ayirgan, Neil Pike Architects, said: “The proposed site plan has been revised to illustrate the originally approved siting of the proposed dwelling and the amended position which forms part of this application.

“The applicant intends to utilise as much of the materials from the soon to be demolished dwelling as possible, particularly the stone, roof tiles and fenestration.”

A four-day planning inquiry in March heard from plot holders and their lawyer and from Bolton Council.

It heard that developers, Sparkle, contrary to the approved plans, demolished the farmhouse and began building afresh and partially constructed four new homes in the wrong locations and with different dimensions than agreed.

The inquiry considered two appeals from the house owners.

One was against the demolition enforcement and another was to try to overturn a decision on a subsequent amended planning application.

Both appeals were dismissed.

At the inquiry, Bolton Council argued harm had been caused to the green belt and that the current location of the houses represents ‘a significant departure away from the clear design intentions of the 2014 scheme’.

Scaffolding has recently been erected on another one of the houses.

A spokesperson for Bolton Council said: “The council continues to monitor Grundy Fold Farm, and we are aware of recent developments at the site.

“The original enforcement notice, which was upheld by the Planning Inspectorate, requires that the buildings are demolished by May 2022.”

Cllr Andy Morgan said: “The council has received a new application for amendments to the dwelling at plot 4 (further west) at Grundy Fold Farm.

“Officers are currently reviewing the application as per normal procedures.”

The new planning application is for amendments to the original plans, which would create additional space to the rear of the proposed floor plan.

But planning statement states that this will be compensated by removing an almost equal volume of space from the front of the existing building/footprint.

The position of the proposed garage structure has also been amended.