Revealed: the Allah Ditta DIY disaster

Evesham Journal: Revealed: the Allah Ditta DIY disaster in Timbderdine Avenue Revealed: the Allah Ditta DIY disaster in Timbderdine Avenue

THIS is the Do It Yourself home improvement scheme that has gone so disastrously wrong the council have threatened to DEMOLISH the house.

A year ago the dream was a spacious six-bedroomed detached house in a nice area of Worcester.

Instead neighbours in Timberdine Avenue, Battenhall, have watched in amazement as the ‘builders’ have turned the house into a ruin with no roof or back and so unstable it could have fallen down at any time.

It was only saved from demolition by the radical solution of pulling the rear of the house down - leaving ‘what is left’ of the house safe.

The property belongs to Parlen Akhtar, the daughter of well-known local councillor Allah Ditta, who has been working on the site himself and is considered the ‘developer’ by the council.

Councillor Ditta, while acknowledging it is a ‘difficult site’, says ‘everything is in order’.

But a detailed statement by the city council about how they have had to intervene reads more like the script of a ‘botched buildings’ reality TV programme.

Planning permission was granted last May with the idea to turn a modest three-bed house into a six-bedroom home.

But it involved a lot of work - a two-storey front and rear extension, a two-storey side extension, the creation of a lower ground floor, a side and rear balcony and steps to the rear garden.

And getting theplanning permission seems to be the last thing that has gone right with the project.

Neighbours have renamed the building plot “the war zone” as a catalogue of troubles has descended.

In September the council found that the work that had been carried out had left the building’s foundations “dangerously overloaded”.

They got a court order ruling that the property could not be occupied and forced developers to take action to make the site safe, which they completed in January.

But this month, after more residents complained, investigators found that workers had removed a supporting wall, making the building “a dangerous structure”.

Within 48 hours, based on an independent report from a structural engineer, the council formally threatened to demolish the building unless immediate action was taken to make it safe.

Workers have now pulled down the rear of the house and a council inspection has now ruled that what is left is now safe.

Neighbour Paul Smith, 61, said: “It’s an absolute eyesore.

“It doesn’t even look like a house anymore.

“People have been working there now and then but lord knows what’s been going on, it looks like a war zone.

“If it’s been unsafe somebody should be fined.”

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “It looks terrible. I wish they’d get on with it.”

Conservative Cllr Ditta has been spotted several times working on the site himself and it is understood that the city council consider the former mayor Ditta to be the official “developer”.

He said: “Because it’s a development site people have been having a go.

“It’s a difficult site, it’s hard work. Everything isin order, and there are no problems.”

The city council say they will continue to monitor the work.

Ruth Mullen, the council’s corporate director, said: “As the local planning authority, the council will continue to monitor and assist the applicant as necessary to ensure the development is carried out in accordance with approved plans.”

WHAT WORCESTER CITY COUNCIL SAY

“Planning permission was given on 23 May 2013 for the redevelopment of 66 Timberdine Avenue.

“The permission covered a two-storey front and rear extension, a twostorey side extension, the creation of a lower ground floor along with side and rear balcony and associated steps to the rear garden at the property.

“In September last year Worcester City Council became aware that work at the site had resulted in the foundations of the building becoming dangerously overloaded.

“We obtained a court order under Section 77 of the Building Act 1984, requiring the owner to take action to make the site secure and to appoint a council-approved structural engineer to report on measures to make the building safe.

“The order also ruled that the building could not be occupied.

“The owner completed the necessary steps to comply with that order by 30 January this year.

“On Wednesday, April 2 the council was alerted by Timberdine Avenue residents that further work had taken place at the site.

“The site was visited by South Worcestershire Building Control, who took the view that the building had now again been made unsafe because of the removal of a supporting wall at the rear of the property.

“The city council commissioned a further independent structural engineer’s report, which confirmed that at that stage the building was a dangerous structure.

“On Friday, April 4 we advised the owner that we intended to demolish the building under Section 78 of the Building Act 1984 on the basis that it was a dangerous structure.

“Work was then undertaken by the developer at the site to remove the rear of the building.

“On Wednesday, April 9 our structural engineer visited the site after this was done and confirmed the remaining structure was safe.

“We are therefore not currently intending to proceed with demolition.”

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1:38pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Ted Elgar says...

The house will stay up.
Inshallah.
The house will stay up. Inshallah. Ted Elgar
  • Score: 5

6:52pm Wed 30 Apr 14

RobertR says...

You should see the garden!.
You should see the garden!. RobertR
  • Score: 11

7:36pm Wed 30 Apr 14

skychip says...

How can some people get away with it.
How can some people get away with it. skychip
  • Score: 35

8:48pm Wed 30 Apr 14

bigboobzbeans says...

come on this is the very same man who threatened to dig up a body from a family members grave over funeral costs ..theres no stopping him is there...but never mind its only allah dittah ..what ever next..!!
come on this is the very same man who threatened to dig up a body from a family members grave over funeral costs ..theres no stopping him is there...but never mind its only allah dittah ..what ever next..!! bigboobzbeans
  • Score: 45

10:48pm Wed 30 Apr 14

WRAA says...

Hmmm, interesting turn of events eh!
Isn't this the same chap who developed a bungalow in London road which miraculously turned into a 2 storey building...... wonder what the new building(s) will look like when it comes down and is rebuilt.

City planners......I smell a rat!
Hmmm, interesting turn of events eh! Isn't this the same chap who developed a bungalow in London road which miraculously turned into a 2 storey building...... wonder what the new building(s) will look like when it comes down and is rebuilt. City planners......I smell a rat! WRAA
  • Score: 45

12:11am Thu 1 May 14

Andy_R says...

How awful it must be for Mr Ditta's family to see that unloved single glazed property that was in need of expensive modernisation collapse, instead of a crumbling money pit all they would be left with is a hugely valuable brownfield site which would have a presumption of planning permission for a few million pounds worth of flats to be built on it.
How awful it must be for Mr Ditta's family to see that unloved single glazed property that was in need of expensive modernisation collapse, instead of a crumbling money pit all they would be left with is a hugely valuable brownfield site which would have a presumption of planning permission for a few million pounds worth of flats to be built on it. Andy_R
  • Score: 60

1:03am Thu 1 May 14

Jabbadad says...

Ditta seems to court controvacy, and my thoughts are that he well might want this property to fall down since nowhere can any safety scaffolding be seen.
the city planners need to obtain special photographic obsevation over this project.
Ditta seems to court controvacy, and my thoughts are that he well might want this property to fall down since nowhere can any safety scaffolding be seen. the city planners need to obtain special photographic obsevation over this project. Jabbadad
  • Score: 15

8:39am Thu 1 May 14

matteo cirillo says...

i lived ther last year with my friend i was the first one to report the situation to the council ditta should have been stopped before for a ex mayor its no good
last year because i am a disable person i falled down i had to go to the hospital and ditta did not care of my conditions when i went to the hospital i was lucky that my left hand was not broken
i lived ther last year with my friend i was the first one to report the situation to the council ditta should have been stopped before for a ex mayor its no good last year because i am a disable person i falled down i had to go to the hospital and ditta did not care of my conditions when i went to the hospital i was lucky that my left hand was not broken matteo cirillo
  • Score: 7

9:33am Thu 1 May 14

joestansmith says...

Could someone please tell me why there is a need to take a traditional, attractive family home with period features and modernise it with extensions and god knows what else?
No doubt it would have ended up with it's classic British period features removed in favour of cheap laminate flooring throughout and under-lighting in the kitchen.
Please can people just leave things alone.
Could someone please tell me why there is a need to take a traditional, attractive family home with period features and modernise it with extensions and god knows what else? No doubt it would have ended up with it's classic British period features removed in favour of cheap laminate flooring throughout and under-lighting in the kitchen. Please can people just leave things alone. joestansmith
  • Score: 24

1:58pm Thu 1 May 14

RONALD.T says...

Ted Elgar says...

The house will stay up.
Inshallah.

VERY TRUE

JUST LEAVE THE GUY ALONE, ALL HE IS DOING IS HELPING HIS DAUGHTER AND Jabbadad WHY DID YOU NOT BECOME A PLANNER YOU SEEM OBSESSED WITH CAUSING TROUBLE FOR MR DITTA, THINK YOU SHOULD JUST CARRY ON FRYING CHICKEN, OH AND STOP CHARGING PEOPLE SO MUCH AND START PAYING YOUR TAX.

INSHALLAH THE HOUSE WILL STAY UP AND BE BETTER IN THE FUTURE.
Ted Elgar says... The house will stay up. Inshallah. VERY TRUE JUST LEAVE THE GUY ALONE, ALL HE IS DOING IS HELPING HIS DAUGHTER AND Jabbadad WHY DID YOU NOT BECOME A PLANNER YOU SEEM OBSESSED WITH CAUSING TROUBLE FOR MR DITTA, THINK YOU SHOULD JUST CARRY ON FRYING CHICKEN, OH AND STOP CHARGING PEOPLE SO MUCH AND START PAYING YOUR TAX. INSHALLAH THE HOUSE WILL STAY UP AND BE BETTER IN THE FUTURE. RONALD.T
  • Score: -49

2:20pm Thu 1 May 14

brooksider says...

RONALD.T wrote:
Ted Elgar says...

The house will stay up.
Inshallah.

VERY TRUE

JUST LEAVE THE GUY ALONE, ALL HE IS DOING IS HELPING HIS DAUGHTER AND Jabbadad WHY DID YOU NOT BECOME A PLANNER YOU SEEM OBSESSED WITH CAUSING TROUBLE FOR MR DITTA, THINK YOU SHOULD JUST CARRY ON FRYING CHICKEN, OH AND STOP CHARGING PEOPLE SO MUCH AND START PAYING YOUR TAX.

INSHALLAH THE HOUSE WILL STAY UP AND BE BETTER IN THE FUTURE.
As opposed to Mr Ditta having no consideration for his neighbour's safety.
Unfortunately this guy's 'help' is disrupting a lot of peoples lives and costing us taxpayers money by having to keep him from killing someone.
This fiasco has been going on for years, its about time he did things properly.
[quote][p][bold]RONALD.T[/bold] wrote: Ted Elgar says... The house will stay up. Inshallah. VERY TRUE JUST LEAVE THE GUY ALONE, ALL HE IS DOING IS HELPING HIS DAUGHTER AND Jabbadad WHY DID YOU NOT BECOME A PLANNER YOU SEEM OBSESSED WITH CAUSING TROUBLE FOR MR DITTA, THINK YOU SHOULD JUST CARRY ON FRYING CHICKEN, OH AND STOP CHARGING PEOPLE SO MUCH AND START PAYING YOUR TAX. INSHALLAH THE HOUSE WILL STAY UP AND BE BETTER IN THE FUTURE.[/p][/quote]As opposed to Mr Ditta having no consideration for his neighbour's safety. Unfortunately this guy's 'help' is disrupting a lot of peoples lives and costing us taxpayers money by having to keep him from killing someone. This fiasco has been going on for years, its about time he did things properly. brooksider
  • Score: 31

4:53pm Thu 1 May 14

SQL-4a says...

Tories in action.

What this one is doing to his house, his party is doing to the countryside with urban sprawl.

No wonder Prodger bodged up those road schemes so badly!
Tories in action. What this one is doing to his house, his party is doing to the countryside with urban sprawl. No wonder Prodger bodged up those road schemes so badly! SQL-4a
  • Score: 13

5:46pm Thu 1 May 14

Jabbadad says...

I suggest that someone needs to read my postings again, and say where I am always causing trouble for Ditta. I simply said that there was no safety scaffolding. So please get your facts right and also get the right jabbadad.
I suggest that someone needs to read my postings again, and say where I am always causing trouble for Ditta. I simply said that there was no safety scaffolding. So please get your facts right and also get the right jabbadad. Jabbadad
  • Score: 10

7:03pm Thu 1 May 14

gmoore1207 says...

skychip wrote:
How can some people get away with it.
its in the name ditta
[quote][p][bold]skychip[/bold] wrote: How can some people get away with it.[/p][/quote]its in the name ditta gmoore1207
  • Score: 17

7:07pm Thu 1 May 14

gmoore1207 says...

the name says it all ditta idiot of a man
the name says it all ditta idiot of a man gmoore1207
  • Score: 12

7:49pm Thu 1 May 14

New Kid on the Block says...

Jabbadad wrote:
I suggest that someone needs to read my postings again, and say where I am always causing trouble for Ditta. I simply said that there was no safety scaffolding. So please get your facts right and also get the right jabbadad.
Is there more than one Jabbadad?
I had always assumed that only one person could register to use a name.
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: I suggest that someone needs to read my postings again, and say where I am always causing trouble for Ditta. I simply said that there was no safety scaffolding. So please get your facts right and also get the right jabbadad.[/p][/quote]Is there more than one Jabbadad? I had always assumed that only one person could register to use a name. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: -1

12:44am Fri 2 May 14

Jabbadad says...

Sorry New Kid . i was on about getting it right about the rant of Frying Chicken Paying Tax, etc.
Sorry New Kid . i was on about getting it right about the rant of Frying Chicken Paying Tax, etc. Jabbadad
  • Score: 0

12:51pm Sat 3 May 14

Al Price says...

an eyesore indeed.they have ruined a traditional 1930 style home.in my opinion,this is being done deliberately to ruin the property & leave it unfit for purpose,therefore allowing it to be knocked down & planning permission given for flats/houses,the same way that The Barley Mow pub in Sidbury was bought,destroyed & rose from the ashes as flates.
an eyesore indeed.they have ruined a traditional 1930 style home.in my opinion,this is being done deliberately to ruin the property & leave it unfit for purpose,therefore allowing it to be knocked down & planning permission given for flats/houses,the same way that The Barley Mow pub in Sidbury was bought,destroyed & rose from the ashes as flates. Al Price
  • Score: 15

8:05am Mon 5 May 14

green49 says...

WRAA says...

Hmmm, interesting turn of events eh!
Isn't this the same chap who developed a bungalow in London road which miraculously turned into a 2 storey building...... wonder what the new building(s) will look like when it comes down and is rebuilt.

City planners......I smell a rat!

THE VERY SAME how could you guess, WRAA (mysterious fire at that place in London Road) how can an empty house catch fire?

DITTA is not a builder, he is not a developer and he is also not much of anything, the council should sort this out and give him the bill, they are frightened to cause an incident as they call it because of who he is.
WRAA says... Hmmm, interesting turn of events eh! Isn't this the same chap who developed a bungalow in London road which miraculously turned into a 2 storey building...... wonder what the new building(s) will look like when it comes down and is rebuilt. City planners......I smell a rat! THE VERY SAME how could you guess, WRAA (mysterious fire at that place in London Road) how can an empty house catch fire? DITTA is not a builder, he is not a developer and he is also not much of anything, the council should sort this out and give him the bill, they are frightened to cause an incident as they call it because of who he is. green49
  • Score: 14

1:49pm Wed 7 May 14

redtail says...

gmoore1207 wrote:
skychip wrote:
How can some people get away with it.
its in the name ditta
ditto
[quote][p][bold]gmoore1207[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skychip[/bold] wrote: How can some people get away with it.[/p][/quote]its in the name ditta[/p][/quote]ditto redtail
  • Score: 2

10:02pm Thu 15 May 14

nspears says...

Can't the builders be investigated and council insist the house be rebuilt to the original spec? The workmen should have liability insurance? If not they should be named and shamed!

I thought the planners had to come and check every stage of an extension that big?

Why wasn't it spotted earlier?
Can't the builders be investigated and council insist the house be rebuilt to the original spec? The workmen should have liability insurance? If not they should be named and shamed! I thought the planners had to come and check every stage of an extension that big? Why wasn't it spotted earlier? nspears
  • Score: 1

2:55pm Mon 19 May 14

BattenhallT says...

Having lived on this street for seven years, I have seen the transformation from the only intact original 30s house to the wreck that it is now. The adjacent Blessed Edward High School has also had to instal safety fencing to reduce the risk to kids from any masonary. Ditta should never have been granted planning permission in the first place - I wonder why????
Having lived on this street for seven years, I have seen the transformation from the only intact original 30s house to the wreck that it is now. The adjacent Blessed Edward High School has also had to instal safety fencing to reduce the risk to kids from any masonary. Ditta should never have been granted planning permission in the first place - I wonder why???? BattenhallT
  • Score: 2

3:04pm Thu 22 May 14

green49 says...

It should be that to do a certain development over a certain amount of money requires a properly registered builder not a self imposed one, i know who he is and some of the things that he has got up to and as it seems yet again got away with it, friends in high places??? hmmm
It should be that to do a certain development over a certain amount of money requires a properly registered builder not a self imposed one, i know who he is and some of the things that he has got up to and as it seems yet again got away with it, friends in high places??? hmmm green49
  • Score: 1

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