RESTAURANT owners who made alterations to the outside of their premises without planning permission have to return the building to its original state.
Some members of Wakefield Council’s planning and highways committee said the retrospective planning application made by the owners of Islamabads on Jacob’s Well Lane, ‘made a mockery’ of the planning system.
Permission for the alterations, which included projecting facias and a spiral staircase, was refused despite support for the applicants from all three of their ward councillors.
Speaking at the meeting, Wakefield East councillor, Ron Halliday, said: “It’s rare that all three in our ward agree on anything, but we are all adamant on this.
“It’s just nit-picking. The new hospital, Trinity Walk and the offices at Merchant Gate all have the same facias.”
A report prepared for the meeting said planning permission for the alterations was refused in July 2009 on the grounds that the materials were not in keeping with the character of the red brick building or the surrounding area.
No objections were received to the application, but Coun Jacqui Williams said: “There’s no way I would support this application. Nothing annoys me more than when people are told no, then they go away and do it. It makes a mockery of the planning system.”