Man caught adding toilet and cesspit to garden without planning permission after 'unbearable stench' wafts to neighbours

An aerial shot of the garden in Carbery Avenue
A homeowner who installed a cesspit and toilet into his garden was forced to submit a retrospective planning application but the council has ruled that the features present "minimal risk" and therefore do not require planning permission (Image credit: Google Earth)

A homeowner was caught adding a cesspit without planning permission after his neighbours smelled an "unbearable stench" wafting over to their properties.

Residents in Southbourne, Dorset, followed their noses to sniff out the source — a property in Carbery Avenue where homeowner Gary Levesconte, 57, had installed a cesspit in his garden without planning permission. This had been to accommodate a toilet for his summer house as an unusual bathroom design idea for when his children and grandchildren visited.

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.