Homeowner secretly builds underground cavern with bridge in back garden without planning permission | The Sun

A SECRET underground cavern has been under construction for FIVE years – without planning permission.

The bizarre garden feature, in Sefton, Liverpool, has raised eyebrows but now it may come crashing down – as the homeowner scrambles for last minute council approval.

Pictures of the odd landscaping design revealed a deep pit in the resident's garden.

A wooden walkway lays across the massive crater, which leads to a castle style entrance -which also boasts its own staircase.

In front of the fort, there's a large water feature designed as a waterfall, overhanging a green pond.

The project still appears to be in shambles, with bricks and building materials scattered in the background.

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And, the stone ruin remains roofless, completely exposed to the elements.

It is unknown what the mock fortress is used for or why the homeowner wanted the unusual outbuilding.

It's understood work on the cavern was started five years ago.

In their retrospective planning permission application, the owner claimed it was completed in June.

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Sefton Council confirmed they advised the homeowner and said: "The proposal is generally acceptable in terms of design and it is unlikely to have a detrimental impact on the living conditions of neighbouring residents.”

It is thought the homeowner will receive an answer about the future of his garden fort by October.

This comes as other residents across the UK have been left heart broken after councils tear down beloved projects.

A family were outraged after being ordered to demolish their stylish extension.

Chris and Kelly Robinson, both 39, and their son David were stunned to discover that they needed planning permission for the outbuilding in the back garden of their home in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

Meanwhile, a fuming homeowner has claimed that his council ordered him to tear down his new wall – after giving him permission to build it.

Graham Tomlinson, 49, has been told he has to get rid of the "unauthorised" boundary at his home in Warrington, Cheshire.

And, angry residents have also slammed their council after being forced to sacrifice privacy and tear down their fences.

Locals in Lliswerry, Newport, have hit back at "jobsworth" officials and claim the original hedges were higher than the new wooden structures.

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What are your retrospective planning permission rights?

A local planning authority can invite a retrospective application, according to Gov.uk.

You should submit your application without delay.

Although a local planning authority may invite an application, you must not assume permission will be granted.

A person who has undertaken unauthorised development has only one opportunity to obtain planning permission after the event. This can either be through a retrospective planning application or an appeal against an enforcement notice – on the grounds that planning permission should be granted or the conditions should be removed.

The local planning authority can decline a retrospective planning application if an enforcement notice has previously been issued.

No appeal may be made if an enforcement notice is issued within the time allowed for determination of a retrospective planning application

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