Wiltshire Council has blocked a planning bid to use an annex as a separate house.

Janine Collishaw of Barn Cottage, Brookside Farm in Swindon was denied a certificate of lawfulness to use a residential annex as an address completely separate from the main home.

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In refusing the bid, officers wrote: “The local planning authority, based on the evidence provided and available to it, is not satisfied that the evidence submitted is sufficiently precise and unambiguous to confirm a continuous use of the building for a separate dwelling throughout the requisite four-year period, that being the four years prior to the submission of the application.”