Unauthorised extensions in Levenshulme streets 'must go'

Owners of 24 houses in three Manchester streets have been told to remove unauthorised extensions from their properties or face court action.

Manchester City Council has issued enforcement notices on owners of homes in Braemar Road, Brailsford Road and Moseley Road in Levenshulme.

Local residents had complained about rear first floor extensions built without planning permission.

Owners will have nine months to remove the extensions.

If the owners don't comply with the notices they could be taken to court where magistrates could issue fines of up to £20,000 per property.

'Poorly designed'

Fourteen of the notices were served on two landlords.

The owners are able to appeal to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Councillor Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council executive member for the environment, said: "It's very unusual to have so many unauthorised extensions in such a concentrated area, and this has had a real impact on the appearance of the neighbourhood.

"We encourage investment in properties which improve the look of our neighbourhoods and we ask developers and homeowners to first contact our planning department to discuss any proposed alterations.

"However, we will always follow this action when developers build extensions that are poorly designed and have a negative impact on a neighbourhood."

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