Posted by peiper    United Kingdom   on 11/23/2009 at 10:37 AM   
  1. ‘We have put in for planning permission retrospectively and are waiting for it to come back,’

    I don’t know how it goes in the UK - but in the US if you build while ‘waiting for it to come back’ - You are breaking the law and the sending a person to act on your behalf while not disclosing who you are - might also be skating around the edge of breaking a law.

    I’d blight the land - but 1) it wouldn’t matter to the Scammers and 2)obviously no matter how this turns out, this couple is going to lose the money they’ve invested.

    It is tragic. Use to be there were laws to protect people - Wait, I’ve got it -

    LANDMINES. Oh no, Princess Di just rolled over in her grave.

    Posted by wardmama4    United States   11/23/2009  at  11:50 AM  

  2. Wardmama:  You quoted exactly the part I wanted to as well, and for the same reasons.

    It’s the same in Canada… You start building on your land without being in compliance with the zoning, and they’ll make you tear it down AND fine you.  If you build within the zoning, but without getting a building permit first, they’ll fine you and maybe make you tear it down, though more likely they’ll just let you pay them a lot more to get a “variance”.  Translation:  You bribe a politician, he lets you away with it.

    For these English local Councils, the bowing to the gypsies’ methods of getting forgiveness rather than getting permission first only emboldens them.  A small child could figure this out.  The Councils know this, they’re just running scared, they’re lazy, and they obviously don’t give a crap about the good people left in the UK.  Basically, they’re useless, bureaucratic, officious jobsworths.

    Posted by Argentium G. Tiger    Canada   11/23/2009  at  12:34 PM  

  3. "officious jobsworths”

    Must remember that one. Excellent! Brain dead arrogant form fillers.

    That was gonna be my quote too. Retroactive planning permission? Yeah, that means it’s bribe time in a big way.

    Posted by Drew458    United States   11/23/2009  at  02:13 PM  

  4. My mother-in-law tried this about 15 years ago. She put up a privacy fence ON the easement. She thought that even if the county noticed, they’d back off after being faced with a fait accompli. (which is the old term for ‘retroactive planning permission’.)

    No such luck.

    Two years later the county inspector did notice, and insisted she either move it off the easement or tear it down.

    After much blustering by both sides, my wife (and her lawyer) convinced her to move it back three feet. This required much time from the rest of the family for a couple of weekends.

    I personally thought it was stupid because mother-in-law lives WAY out in the country. Her nearest neighbor is a church a block or so up the road. But it is a fairly busy state route. Hence the need for a privacy fence. And probably why a county inspector noticed it.

    Posted by Christopher    United States   11/24/2009  at  12:17 AM  

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