I've been ordered to rip down my £16k 'man shed' by jobsworth council bosses – it's not in anyone's way … it's a JOKE

A FISHING lake boss is furious after being ordered to rip down his £16,000 man shed.

Graham Cadman, 70, was told the timber structure broke green belt planning rules, even though 6,000 homes will be built on similar land less than a mile away.


He built it in 2016 to give fishermen cover in bad weather, but he has been warned the council will bill him for a destruction team if it is not torn down within seven weeks.

Graham, who has been in charge of Lindridge Pool near Sutton Coldfield for over 20 years, told The Sun: "I’m really upset about it. It seems so petty and vindictive to ask for this to be taken down.

"It is not doing any harm and just makes peoples’ lives a little bit easier. It’s not a dwelling. It’s all open.

"This was a trout farm originally. We have a fishery and we are trying to increase it to 100 fishermen. I think the council are hypocrites."

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He insisted Birmingham City Council told him there would be no issue with building it provided it had no windows or doors and was under four metres.

But someone took a picture of it and sent it to the council complaining two years later.

Graham said he is heartbroken and angry over the decision to take it down.

He added: "I can’t understand why anyone would complain about something as insignificant as this, something that you can only see if you drive well off the road.

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"The Council are in the process of building 170 homes on one greenbelt site and 5,500 on another and yet they want this to be torn down.

"It makes no sense. To me they are just jobsworths."

A retrospective planning application in 2019 was rejected, which Graham unsuccessfully appealed.

Inspectors in September 2020 called the shed an "inappropriate development in the green belt". They said the shed was also used as a "social facility where both fishing and non-fishing people interact".

Graham argues that the building is essential for his fisherman, who use 25 spots dotted around two ponds.  

He said: "They use it to shelter from the weather, to clean their gear and to have meetings.

"It also has been used for two fundraising events for good causes."

A spokeswoman for Birmingham City Council said: "This structure is situated in the green belt and a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation.

"No written request from Mr Cadman regarding his intentions to construct a detached structure was received.

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"However, if full details and context of the proposed structure had been supplied then appropriate advice would have been given.

"Mr Cadman's appeal against the refusal of planning permission was dismissed by the independent planning inspectorate and as the structure has yet to be removed enforcement action has begun."

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