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Room To Improve couple suffer six-month delay

A couple on RTE's Room To Improve who were at the centre of a planning setback suffered a six-month delay on their house renovations.

Joanne and Sean Cleere from Templetuohy, Co Tipperary, were delayed on their building project because planning permission had not been sought, and their builder could not complete the project.

RTE viewers saw tensions running high on the series last summer when the couple's exciting plans ground to a halt, and they disagreed with the advice of architect Dermot Bannon about the style of roof.

But a source close to the show told the Herald that the house owners themselves had to take on the job of finishing it after the dramatic delay.

Heritage Building Contractors Dovea couldn't finish the job on the Cleere's farmhouse project when planning permission for the extension was granted.

Mr Cleere confirmed the contractor's departure from the project after the cameras stopped rolling, but he said his relationship with the builder was good while he worked with them.

"We had to stop work while planning permission was pending, and when the planning permission came through, we could never get him to restart the job."

The couple were stunned last July when Dermot told them their adjustment to his extension plans was 1.5 metres more than he had intended, and they had to wait almost two months until they were granted planning permission.

Sean and Joanne also suffered another setback during the harsh weather in January when a small, flat part of their roof began to leak.

But the couple are now at the final stage of painting and decorating their new extension which includes an open-plan living space downstairs.