Council uses Google Earth to prove homeowner was lying about when he built his extension

A front extension with stainless steel barriers and stone slab structure
A homeowner in Portland has had his application for a front and rear extension rejected after the council used Google Earth imagery to find he lied in his application about when they were built (Image credit: Google Earth)

A homeowner has had his application for a rear extension and a front decked area rejected after the council used Google Earth images to prove he was lying in his application.

Colin Lesley Thomas, 65, sought a Certificate of Lawfulness for building works, which include a rear extension and a decked area to the front of the property claiming the work had been completed over 10 years ago and so was exempt from enforcement action.

Joseph Mullane
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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.