Cllr Mackover put on his big boots and went to the site with his tape measure and found the "irregularity". It's all HERE
Officers quietly wrote a report recommending retrospective approval that was not publicised but approved at the 8th March Planning Meeting (Cllr Warwick was Chairman at the meeting ).
But conditions were draconian.
The report came clean and said that the odious Fairholme had dug a basement 1.6 metres longer than originally approved in 2013 and 400 cm deeper than approved.
The conditions for retrospective approval include:
(i) the basement has to be shortened. The back wall must be demolished and a new wall built to conform with the 50% garden rule
(ii) a Chartered Engineer must be appointed at Fairholme's cost to supervise the work
(iii) a Stop Order on further work until the Chartered Engineer is appointed
(iv) the East European 'boys' who replaced Cranbrook must join the Considerate Contractors scheme before work re-starts
It was hushed up because Cllr Mackover did not want to rub the noses of the Officers in the basement's dirt.
Or, possibly, Cllr Warwick made sure the whole thing was suppressed.
The knives are out for the good Councillor Mackover.
We should give him a puff as a hero of the people.
Another political disaster for Warwick and his crowd - they just do not understand that it is dangerous to attempt to manipulate public opinion.
If they screwed up, the most powerful thing they can do is say immediately after the meeting "we screwed up: it won't happen again"