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Couple fined for fake garage door


Huddersfield Garage Doors has been supplying garage doors to the Yorkshire region for over 30 years, and in that time, has seen some interesting and innovative uses for garages behind a variety of garage doors. However, one couple in Leicester have gone to extreme lengths to get increased value from their garage.

Reeta Herzallah and Hamdi Almasri of Enderby, Leicestershire, decided to construct an entire dwelling behind their garage doors.  Planning permission was granted for a development in 2007, provided the parking space and garage use were preserved permanently.  Blaby District Council said that off-road parking is scarce in the area, and they did not want to see it diminished in this instance.

Herzallah and Almasri decided to circumvent this ruling, by hiding a new dwelling behind garage doors. When the garage doors were removed, the front door and window of the dwelling were revealed. They further concealed what they were hiding behind the garage doors by erecting a high fence along both sides of the driveway, to conceal the house within from passers-by.

Commenting on the construction of a dwelling behind the garage doors, Blaby district councillor Sheila Scott said:

“Creating an access on to the busy B4114 and blocking off valuable off-road parking space was completely unacceptable.” 

The council discovered several breaches of the planning application ruling during follow-up visits, and now say the garage must be restored to its former use. Leicester magistrates court ruled that the offenders should pay a £770 fine each, legal costs of £1,252 and a £77 victim surcharge.

Huddersfield Garage Doors supplies an extensive range of garage doors, and our top quality garage doors are backed up by our efficient and professional installation service. For garage doors to make your garage smart and secure consult the garage door installation team at Huddersfield Garage Doors on 01484 829 612.


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