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Stoke-on-Trent house '30in too tall' risks demolition

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Asif Naseem moved his wife and five children into the house two months ago
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The family was told the roof ridge was too high and there were complaints about the dormer windows
Thirty one objections to the family's retrospective planning application were sent to the council, along with seven letters of support.
Council planners recommended enforcement action being taken, which would mean demolishing the house.At a planning meeting on Wednesday, Shazad Hussein, Mr Naseem's brother, said reducing the house's height "isn't going to make any visual difference"."We have spent all the money on the house," he said. "There are seven people who have nowhere else to go. They sold their other house to fund the new one."
Local reaction to the "enormous" house has been "mixed", a neighbour said
The family's representative said demolition would be "excessive" and "draconian", leaving the planning committee divided.Vice-chairman Andy Platt said it was "wrong" that the house had been built too tall, but to knock it down would be "a little over the top".However councillor Janine Bridges said it would "set a precedent" for developers to "build what they like" and ask permission later.Neighbour Robert Wakefield said local reaction to the "enormous" house had been "mixed", but it was a "fair and just judgement" to refuse planning permission.Mr Naseem "should have thought about this before he started", Mr Wakefield said.The family has been given three-months to allow for talks to continue.
Stoke-on-Trent
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