A FATHER was spared the heartache of demolishing his sons’ bedrooms after councillors overturned a recommendation from their own planning department to knock them down.

Neighbours had rallied around haulage company owner Raymond Flegg and raised a petition.

The attic rooms of his house in Breakspear Road South, Ickenham, had been built more than 40 years ago.

But when Mr Flegg attempted to make the unsightly dormers more appealing by adding a hipped roof, which also allowed for extra insulation, Hillingdon Council ordered him to demolish the whole top storey of his house.

But councillors relented after discussing the development at a planning meeting on Thursday last week, overturning the decision and giving Mr Flegg full planning permission.

Afterwards, the owner of light haulage firm Flegg Transport told the Gazette: “I was disappointed with the planning department.

“I thought it was a disgrace they wanted me to demolish something that’s been here 40 years, before I even lived here.

“Luckily the councillors used common sense.”

A series of photographs produced at the meeting showed a neighbouring two-storey property with an attic conversion that dwarfed Mr Flegg’s.

Councillor Jazz Dhillon, a committee member, said: “When you look at what has been built next door you can see this dormer is acceptable in comparison.”

And colleague, Councillor David Allam, added: “The hipped roof has improved the street scene anyway; it was brought in to provide insulation and soften the impact of the building.”

The dormers contain bedrooms used by Mr Flegg’s adult sons, and were added to the property in 1971. However, the planning department had recommended demolition of the attic on the basis the new hipped roof was ‘a dominant and intrusive feature of the local street scene’.

A petition signed by 18 neighbours was submitted to support Mr Flegg, and many celebrated with him at The Tichenham Inn in Swakeley’s Road, Ickenham, after the unanimous vote.

Mr Flegg said he wanted to thank his neighbours and friends for all their support by buying them a pint.