Court orders total demolition of controversial block


A court has ordered the total demolition of an unfinished block of flats in Northamptonshire following legal action by the local council.

Michigan Construction has been told to pull down a six-storey building in Job’s Yard, Kettering, due to concerns the structure breaches planning and building regulations.

The developer was granted approval for a four-storey building on the town-centre site in 2019 – but went on to start work on a fifth floor, prompting North Northamptonshire Council to issue a stop notice.

Michigan appealed the decision and continued work on site, adding a sixth storey to the structure. However, earlier this year the High Court ordered the developer to demolish the building’s top two floors.

Now the builder has been ordered to pull down the entire structure, which has been cordoned off since last June, following a three-day trial at Birmingham High Court.

The court said the demolition must be completed by the end of February by a specialist contractor, paid for by Michigan.

Council leader Jason Smithers said the case demonstrates that tough action will be taken by the council against developers who flout the rules.

“We simply cannot permit unsafe construction that breaches planning permission to be allowed – it is unsafe for our residents and it’s a blight on our town centres,” he said.

David Brackenbury, the council’s executive member for growth and regeneration, said the authority had been trying to work with the developer for some time and that court action had been a last resort.

“We are pleased that the court found in our favour and we will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that the developer follows the orders set out by the court,” he said.

Michigan Construction has been contacted for comment.



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