The TV presenter forgot to apply for proper planning permission on her mansion she renovated for a TV programme – for TEN years.
Councillor Matthew Grove said: “The ordinary man in the street has to jump through hoops to get even the smallest extension approved.
“Yet here we have a listed building being changed, with no planning permission in place, and without anyone batting an eyelid.”
The couple bought Grade 2 listed Rise Hall near Hull for £441,101 in 2001 and the series last year showed part of the former convent being turned into a wedding venue.
On the venue’s website, Sarah says: “Rise Hall has been our family home for over 10 years and, hopefully, with money from wedding ceremonies, it can still be a family home.”
Mr Grove went on: “The programme showed the hall being used for weddings, yet we have yet to see a planning application to use it for that.
The couple – who had a run-in with the planning department last year over a new access road – said the hall had never had planning permission and had been a family home in the past.
They issued a statement saying: “When Graham Swift and Sarah Beeny bought Rise Hall it had stood empty for 10 years.
“It was originally a family home, then used as a convent and school and then once again became a home when Graham and Sarah bought it. In its 200-year history no planning permission for its use has ever been granted.
“Graham and Sarah are working with their local authority and the steps that they are taking together are entirely appropriate, considering the building’s past, present and potential future use.”
Ooh Sarah you will certainly have needed listed building consent, and planning consent for CoU to C3, as the previous house use would have been abandoned. But you might now have lawful use, but you will need PP for the wedding venue almost certainly, but you should get it as enabling development for restoration. You should apply and use it as an excuse to use a whole programme to have a go at ‘council bueraucrats’ Kevin McCloud style – why am I giving free advice!