Man gets 12-month suspended prison sentence over homes built without planning

A timber cladded house on farmland on a hill
Michael Merrill has been told to remove two houses he built as well as a number of outbuildings after he failed to gain planning permission from the council (Image credit: Cheshire East Council)

A man who built two houses without planning permission has been handed a 12-month suspended prison sentence after refusing to tear down the buildings.

Michael Merrill, 51, now must demolish the two homes or face an additional custodial sentence in jail for contempt of court.

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.