A builder has been ordered to tear down his four-bedroom bungalow after he illegally built it behind trees and bushes without planning permission.

Steve Turley was served an enforcement notice by the Forest of Dean District Council last year which demanded he bulldoze his makeshift house, extended outbuildings and a static caravan.

Mr Turley appealed the ruling, but a planning inspector has now backed the council.

He began construction of the property in near Lydney, Gloucestershire, after he sold his six-bedroom house for £640,000 three years ago, reports Gloucestershire Live.

The house was put on the market with no onward chain and sold, without the land which is on the opposite side of the road.

A complaint was made to the council which informed them that members of his family were living on the land in an unauthorised bedroom bungalow and caravan hidden behind high walls and hedges.

Mr Turley argued it was permitted development but the council officials said the location was unsustainable.

A council spokesperson said: "Mr Steve Turley constructed a dwelling on the site and extended outbuildings without planning permission.

"Forest of Dean District Council served an enforcement notice in December 2017, instructing him to restore the site to its original condition before the planning breach took place, cease the use of the land for residential purposes, remove the static caravan, portable building and demolish the dwelling and concrete hard standings at the site.

"Mr Turley appealed the notice. While the inspector acknowledged that the instruction to remove the hard standings was excessive, he upheld the Council's other requests for demolition."

Philip Burford, the chairman of the planning committee, said: "This decision serves as a warning to anyone who decides to ignore the planning process and the message is clear: don't spend a considerable amount of money and time on a building project in the knowledge that it does not have planning permission."

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