Builder says order to demolish house built without planning permission near coal mine is against his 'human rights'

An overhead shot of Tennox Farm
A man who built a five-bedroom house on his farm in Ayrshire has been served an enforcement notice to take the building down as it never gained planning permission (Image credit: Google Earth)

An entrepreneur from Glasgow has been served an enforcement notice to take down a house he built during Covid as it never gained planning permission.

Gareth Wilson built the house on Tennox Farm estate near Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, which he then sought retrospective planning approval from North Ayrshire Council who rejected his application as the home was built on a former coal mine and was at risk of collapse.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.