Monday, 23 October 2017

Neighbour upset by ‘ugly’ fence

GARDEN fences that were installed without planning permission could be taken down.

GARDEN fences that were installed without planning permission could be taken down.

Joe Bates, who owns a property in Niagara Road, Henley, installed a 2ft fence on top of a 4ft 8in brick boundary wall to separate his garden from his neighbour’s land.

He put another along the rear garden wall, which backs on to an alleyway, increasing its height by 2ft to 7ft.

Mr Bates says the fences are necessary to protect his privacy and improve security.

He says his garden has been trespassed and neighbouring houses have been burgled.



However, a neighbour has complained about the fences and now the town council’s planning committee has recommended that a retrospective application made by Mr Bates should be turned down.

Vice-chairman Simon Smith said: “I understand their worries about security but I don’t think this should be done to the detriment of the neighbours’ enjoyment of their garden.”

Mayor Lorraine Hillier said the fences looked “ugly”.

A final decision will be made by South Oxfordshire District Council.

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