A HOTELIER has been refused permission to extend a house he built for staff – unless the staff find somewhere else to live.
Harold Nelson, of the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel, Wrexham Road, Pulford, applied to extend one of seven properties he built for workers in the nearby villages of Lavister and Rossett.
The house is just 25o metres away from the hotel.
But Wrexham County Council knocked him back and said the only way he would get the green light was if the staff found permanent residence somewhere else.
Planning control manager Bob Dewey said complaints had been received from neighbours about disturbances.
But Mr Nelson argued his hotel brings business to the area and that by refusing his application the council has lost Wrexham’s building industry more than £100,000.
He will now appeal against the decision.
Mr Nelson said: “I employ 150 staff and have seven houses in the grounds.
“I was applying to build an extension to one of the staff buildings but the council turned around and said we couldn’t do it.
“They said we could extend, but that if we did the staff couldn’t live there!
“When the council starts telling you who you can and can’t have living in a property you own then there’s trouble. It’s perverse.
He added: “We have six staff in each home, I didn’t want to put more staff in I just wanted to extend the buildings.
Bob Dewey, Wrexham’s Planning Control Manager, responded: “The proprietor of the hotel purchased a semi-detached house and started to use it for staff accommodation.
“Complaints were received about disturbance from the property.
“The council is satisfied that use as staff accommodation has caused disturbance to neighbours in the past and approval would be likely to encourage that to continue.”
He added: “Mr Nelson has the right to appeal the council’s decision and should consult with his planning advisor.”
But Mr Nelson said he has received no complaints from neighbours.
He said: “I’ve no idea what he is talking about, it’s complete rubbish and I am appealing against this decision.”