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.
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.