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Couple who face having to demolish Tycoch home ask for reprieve

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 28, 2014

Nicola and Gavin Davies with their sons Brandon, Kingsley and Elliot at their property on Tycoch Road.

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A SWANSEA couple who fear having to demolish their half-built home are hoping a planning inspector will give them a reprieve.

Gavin and Nicola Davies have appealed a decision by Swansea councillors, who refused their application to retain and complete the Tycoch house.

A Welsh Government-appointed planning inspector will now visit the site and decide on the appeal.

Just over two months ago the Davieses were optimistic that the long-running wrangle would be settled when they agreed to lose a bedroom and bathroom from the house. This persuaded Swansea planning officers to recommend the application for approval.

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But Swansea councillors threw it out at a subsequent meeting by a narrow margin, arguing that it would have an unacceptable impact on neighbours, due to its "overbearing visual impact, overshadowing and perceived loss of privacy".

Mr and Mrs Davies bought the Tycoch Road plot, with outline planning permission for a house, from the council six years ago. In 2010 their first application for the house was approved, but they were later served with an enforcement notice after council officers visited and said the under-construction house was not in the right position.

The Davieses argued that the 2008 permission did not have the correct plot size indicated.


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  • Mrsmac  |  May 29 2014, 2:10PM

    There have been several complaints about this application, you can see the plans and complaints on the swansea.gov.uk planning pages. There probably is more than meets the eye to the story, especially as it seems that they started building the house before planning permission had been granted.

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  • Jiffy  |  May 29 2014, 9:55AM

    One question about this property. Will the Davies family be living there in 5 or so years, or will they have moved on after making a fat profit on the building?

  • gixer400  |  May 28 2014, 9:20PM

    This decision may well ruin this families life, financially and emotionally, come on planners, a bit of common sense is needed here, they have done their utmost to conform and at no small expense no doubt.

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  • nice_nails  |  May 28 2014, 4:43PM

    If the house is built to the original full planning application size ect (not the outline plan) then this may well be a harsh decision, but with the Davieses offering to lose a bathroom and a bedroom things seem a little fishy. Does anyone have the address and postcode for this property so I can fill in the blanks in regards to what this so-called story is really about.

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