My neighbour is fighting the council over painting his house – it doesn’t even look good, he’s ruining the… – The Sun

THE neighbours of A particular person niced for painting his house grey and placing in pfinalic window frames say He is ruining the look of their road.

Aneel Zafar, 32, is locked in a bitter battle with the council over his privately-owned Victorian abode As a Outcome of it sits in a conservation space.


Maxine Preston and her daughter Emily stay subsequent door to the A particular person who was niced for painting his house grey and placing in pfinalic window framesCpurpleit: THE Photo voltaic


Aneel Zafar was hauled to courtroom for the property makeover in StaffordshireCpurpleit: BPM

Officers slapped him with a £869 penalty for failing to Adjust to regulations, which state permission Want to be granted for any constructing work.

However the house-proprietor claims officials are on a “power journey” They typically Want to go away him to do up his house in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, as he pleases.

Close by refacetnts are divided over the property makeover, with some saying It is “his selection” and others complaining he ought to Adjust to The guidelines like they do.

However a quantity of say The appears of the semi-detached pad, which borders a leafy park, is “miserable” and disrupts their nice views.

One neighbour, who has stayd On The road For many yrs, said: “All of us Adjust to The guidelines and he ought to might comply like we all do.

“It’s As a lot as him what colour he chooses to repaint his house, However it Should be According to the character of the others down The road – and darkish grey Isn’t. It Was a cream-sand colour.”

One other native, 70-yr-previous Hussain Khadam, agreed that “the regulation Should be equal for all of us”.

Talking by way of his daughter, he added: “We now have To commerce our door window frames with pfinalic ones but We will solely Obtain this with like for like decideet ones.

“I’m in the direction of what he has carried out and don’t Simply like the colour grey.

“He Should be made To vary it.”

Not everyone assumes The House is such an eyesore – but they admit he’s Inside The incorrect When it Includes The guidelines.

Maxine Preston, who stays subsequent door to Aneel in Victoria Park Road, Turnstall, and shares a driveway but Isn’t Inside the adjoining semi, said: “It’s a speaking level with the neighbours.

“It doesn’t hassle me and it’s his selection, but Most people round Listed right here are indignant that he’s breached strict planning guidelines.”

The 48-yr-previous barista added: “It appears alright. It’s not A colour I might decide However it doesn’t have an effect on me And that i don’t thoughts the look of it. It’s not A drawback.

“I don’t really feel he Should be made to repaint it As a Outcome of the council is saying he ought to do. It seems a bit unfair.

“However people right here have an problem with it and are irritated by what he’s carried out.”

I’m in the direction of what he has carried out and don’t Simply like the colour grey.

Hussain Khadam

Aneel Is understood to stay Collectively with his mom and father and two siblings On the three-storey, six-bed room house his househprevious purchased from a builder who had prolonged it.

It’s purple-bricked on the decrease half and rendepurple – now grey – on prime and has a shiny purple entrance door on the facet.

Maxine said It is Not only The colour natives aren’t Proud of, but The very actuality he’s changed All of the decideet window frames with uPVC ones.

“That’s what actually will get to people because They ought to do The identical but really feel They will’t,” she added.

“The houses are over 100 yrs previous and the frames rot over time And want changing.

“We changed ours yrs in the past with PVC at a time when restrictions have beenn’t in place, but The road turned An factor of A mannequin new conservation space and pfinalic house windows have been deemed out of maintaining.”

Her daughter Emily Preston, 22, additionally a barista at An space espresso house, said She will see it from Every facet, including: “The colour is a bit too grey and miserable and takes the character away from the row of interval houses, but I flip a blind eye to it. It’s As a lot as him.

“It’s not doing anyone any harm but the council is giving him grief.”


Maxine’s husband Mark Person agreed The colour wasn’t “harming anyone” – particularly as some people paint their houses shiny pink – and he was used to it now.

And the 50-yr-previous sympathised that Aneel’s chosen house windows are confacetrably cheaper To buy, set up and maintain.

Aneel purchased The house in 2014 and splashed £20,000 on pfinalic house windows and paint 4 yrs later.

However he says he was unaware that in 2007 The world was given “conservation” standing To shield its “rich historic previous and character”.

The defiant house-proprietor has vowed To maintain on stopping, regardless of being prosecuted for the second time final week and slapped with an £869 nice at North Staffordshire Simplyice Centre.

He beforehand accused Stoke-on-Trent Metropolis Council of “bullying him” but vowed To not “give in” – regardless of failing To hunt permission for the enterprise.

He said his previous window frames had holes Inside them and air was Getting into The house so changing them was important.

“I Did not assume I used to be doing something incorrect as 75 per cent of my road has uPVC house windows. However the council prosecuted me,” he added.

Aneel, who admitted breaching the enforcement discover, is now taking his case to the Planning Inspectorate.

Stoke-on-Trent Metropolis Council said it was unable to remark Presently.


Aneel has vowed to wrestle his ‘bully’ native authorityCpurpleit: BPM


However one neighbour said he ought to ‘comply like we all do’Cpurpleit: The Sun


His paint job and window replacements have divided opinion on The roadCpurpleit: THE Photo voltaic