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Owners appeal after being told to remove swimming pool and demolish home

PUBLISHED: 07:43 11 September 2019 | UPDATED: 10:49 11 September 2019

Arcady in Holt Road, Cley. The occupants have appealed against an enforcement notice to demolish it. Pictures: David Bale

Arcady in Holt Road, Cley. The occupants have appealed against an enforcement notice to demolish it. Pictures: David Bale

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A couple have appealed against an enforcement notice ordering them to demolish their swimming pool and home.

Arcady in Holt Road, Cley. Pictures: David BaleArcady in Holt Road, Cley. Pictures: David Bale

The striking house known as Arcady in Holt Road, Cley, has been dubbed an "eyesore" by residents in the picturesque north Norfolk village.

The building is occupied by London theatre producer Adam Spiegel and his wife Gay.

A spokesman for the Planning Inspectorate said that two appeals, from each occupant, had been received, just before the September 3 deadline.

A spokesman added: "It can take up to a month for them to be validated. If they are accepted, it can be another 20 weeks before the appeal starts."

Arcady in Holt Road, Cley. Pictures: David BaleArcady in Holt Road, Cley. Pictures: David Bale

North Norfolk District Council served the enforcement notice on the couple to take all the buildings on the site down following a "breach of planning control".

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The notice said the owners must demolish the two-storey dwelling/studio/annexe, and permanently remove the swimming pool and infill, within nine months of September 3, the date the notice was due to take effect, unless an appeal was made against it.

The owners have not commented on the notice despite repeated requests from the EDP.

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As reported, many neighbours are opposed to the building.

One man, who did not wish to be named, said: "It's completely out of place and an eyesore."

Another added: "Before it was there, we looked up the street and saw just trees and a modest bungalow. That building dominates everywhere you can see now. "It's a shame because this area, Newgate Green, used to be a lovely place. At night it's lit up like a Christmas tree."

However, another neighbour added: "I know a lot of people don't like it, but there are buildings similar to it on the coast road, so it's got to be the same rule for everybody. It does not bother me."

The notice states the development is "materially different" to that approved by planning permission, and of an "increased scale, height and mass" to that considered and that "its overall design, fenestration and detailing do not reflect that which was approved".

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