AN INVESTIGATION into whether a two-bed flat was built ‘illegally’ in a Wycombe garden is currently underway.

Buckinghamshire Council said it is currently “gathering evidence” of a potential planning breach in a rear garden of a property on Spearing Road.

The alarm was raised by a local person.

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The concerned resident alleged a two-bed property had been constructed without permission and had been rented out for four years.

They also alleged a shed had been constructed during the pandemic, above what they claimed is the flat itself.

While the council confirmed it is aware of the issue, it did not confirm what use the structure has, adding the pandemic had delayed the investigation.

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“They have built an illegal two-bedroom flat in the back garden without planning permission,” the resident claimed. “Plus, renting it out for four years.

“And during the pandemic they had workers come in and build a massive shed on top of the flat.”

They added: “The old tenants have now left, and they are trying to rent it out again.”

The person said they are going to write to the council for “help”.

A Bucks Council spokesman said: “We are aware of this potential planning breach and we are currently gathering evidence on the use of the building, and when it was constructed.

“However, due to the pandemic, internal site visits are somewhat restricted. This has caused a delay to this investigation, but it is still active.”

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