Neighbours ask: when will this DIY disaster be sorted?

CHEQUERED HISTORY: The house in Timberdine Avenue, Battenhall

PLUSH: How the house should look

IMPRESSION: Showing the expected layout of the house

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Worcester News: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

THIS crumbling Worcester house still looks like it's falling apart - but better times could finally be around the corner.

Residents say they are getting increasingly fed up about the state of it, but your Worcester News can reveal how Councillor Allah Ditta has secured permission to alter his plans for 66 Timberdine Avenue in Battenhall.

The former Mayor of Worcester was heavily criticised when we revealed how the city council threatened to demolish it due to April's building work making it temporarily unsafe.

Now Cllr Ditta has now secured the green light for a series of amendments, including patio door access to one of the six bedrooms, wooden construction for the balcony and new locations for the windows and doors leading to a plush underground swimming pool.

The changes have given fresh hope to people living in the area, who say it still looks a mess.

Brian Clover, 51 who lives in Timberdine Avenue, said: "It's been a wreck for so long I can barely remember when it looked respectable.

"I think we will all be happier when he's finally sorted it out."

The site is owned by his daughter Parlen Akhtar, but Cllr Ditta says he is doing most of the work himself and is acting as the agent.

His revised plans were voted through by Worcester City Council's planning committee.

Councillor Geoff Williams, the committee chairman, said: "The only question I would have is, can we do anything to prompt a completion of this scheme?"

Planning officer Nichola Robinson said there was not, and it was then nodded through.

Cllr Ditta said: "I want to get it finished as quickly as possible but obstacles have got in my way."

His grand plans for it include six bedrooms, two lounges, two main halls, a swimming pool, jacuzzi and even a sauna.

In the last year since planning permission was granted the council has already got one court order forcing him to make it safe after the foundations became dangerously overloaded, and in April threatened to demolish the entire building unless he took immediate action to secure it.

A supporting wall, the roof and entire back of the house has been torn down to make it safe.

The original permission included a two-storey front and back extension, a lower ground floor and a side and back balcony.

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3:33pm Wed 25 Jun 14

skychip says...

Why has this situation been allowed to go on for so long - not good if trying to sell your home in Timberdine Avenue
Why has this situation been allowed to go on for so long - not good if trying to sell your home in Timberdine Avenue skychip
  • Score: 5

4:52pm Wed 25 Jun 14

New Kid on the Block says...

What are the odds of him getting the foundations correct for his swimming pool?
He has already dangerously overloaded the foundations once. Pools are incredibly heavy.
For the sake of the local residents I hope that there is a very careful eye on the foundations from the Building Control Department.
When he starts digging out for the pool it is very possible that he could collapse the whole house. That would certainly bring an end to this whole saga.
What are the odds of him getting the foundations correct for his swimming pool? He has already dangerously overloaded the foundations once. Pools are incredibly heavy. For the sake of the local residents I hope that there is a very careful eye on the foundations from the Building Control Department. When he starts digging out for the pool it is very possible that he could collapse the whole house. That would certainly bring an end to this whole saga. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 7

5:51pm Wed 25 Jun 14

b1ackb1rd says...

Is there no end to this man's talents?
When's the next election, I'm bursting to vote for him...
Is there no end to this man's talents? When's the next election, I'm bursting to vote for him... b1ackb1rd
  • Score: 7

8:14pm Wed 25 Jun 14

worcestersfinest says...

Councillor Allah needs to be sacked :)
Councillor Allah needs to be sacked :) worcestersfinest
  • Score: 8

8:50am Thu 26 Jun 14

Hwicce says...

Underground swimming pool? Does that mean the cellar has flooded?
Underground swimming pool? Does that mean the cellar has flooded? Hwicce
  • Score: 3

8:58am Thu 26 Jun 14

Captain Thrap says...

Will this become the most upmarket 6 bed student HMO in Worcester ?
Will this become the most upmarket 6 bed student HMO in Worcester ? Captain Thrap
  • Score: 5

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