A MAN has been ordered to tear down a tree house and play area he built
A MAN has been ordered to tear down a tree house and play area he built in woodland near Goring Heath.
Andrew Richards bought a 4.5-hectare plot at Beam Wood, off Deadmans Lane, in 2011 and built the structure for his children.
It comprises a main house about 6ft off the ground with a small verandah, chimney and windows.
This is linked to a series of raised platforms by rope bridges and also includes a zip wire.
However, Mr Richards failed to obtain planning permission and South Oxfordshire District Council issued an enforcement notice when it found out about the development, saying it conflicted with policies designed to protect the countryside.
He appealed but now planning inspector Thomas Shields has sided with the council.
Mr Shields said: “The structure unacceptably detracts from the natural character and appearance of the woodland area and diminishes the area’s scenic beauty. It thereby conflicts with planning policies.”
Mr Richards, from Cookham, must now remove all traces of the treehouse and restore the site to its original condition by October.