Builder turned home into 300,000 cannabis factory after planners told him it could only be converted into a "leisure facility"

Builder turned home into 300,000 cannabis factory after planners told him it could only be used as a 'leisure facility'Clemens-Cooney, 43, had been pressing council for planning permission 'for years'Told planning officers that house would be used for model railwayJailed for three years after police received tip-off which led to raid | UPDATED: 12:31 GMT, 7 December 2012 Leisure time: Shaun Clemens-Cooney, who was behind a 300,000 cannabis factory in Blackburn A builder converted a newly-built house into a 300,000 cannabis factory – after council planners told him he could only use it as a 'leisure facility.' Shaun Clemens-Cooney, 43, wanted to build the three-bedroomed detached home at the back of his own 200,000 semi-detached house in Blackburn – but had been refused planning permission three times. Finally, inspectors agreed he could build the property – but only after he promised he would only use the upper floors for 'leisure purposes', including a playroom for a billiard table and another for a model railway.

UK floods: The city that sank in the storm: Woman dies as 5ft wall of water drives hundreds from their homes

Making a splash: A refuse lorry speeds through a flooded road in St Asaph as the North Wales city fills up with water Soaked city: Shocked residents woke to police officers knocking on doors yesterday morning to tell them to leave their homes Massive operation: North Wales Police, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Welsh Ambulance Service, the North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agency and the RNLI are working together to beat the crisis National concern: David Cameron meets James Rice, in Buckfastleigh, near Exeter, and surveys the flood damage to his house Dirty floors: Musky Kendall, from Buckfastleigh, tell the PM how quickly water rose inside her house during the flooding Prime Minister David Cameron, walks through Buckfastleigh, near Exeter, which was hit by a flash flood last week John Curtin, of the EA, said: 'Further flooding is expected in the next few days and communities across the country, particularly in north-east England, North Wales, Northamptonshire, are urged to remain especially vigilant.' The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings – meaning 'be aware' – for North East England and Yorkshire & Humber. The warning read: 'Whilst rainfall amounts will be much lower than of late, river levels are very high and further showers running into the area could exacerbate conditions locally.