George ordered to rip up garden by planners

PUBLISHED: 07:02 08 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:25 24 May 2010

A VILLAGER who carefully cultivated a wildlife garden in a field has been told to tear it up. George Pearson dug a large pond, Wendy house, and installed a sculpture, gates, and a polytunnel on his land in Church Road, Winscombe. But because Mr Pearson di

A VILLAGER who carefully cultivated a wildlife garden in a field has been told to tear it up.George Pearson dug a large pond, Wendy house, and installed a sculpture, gates, and a polytunnel on his land in Church Road, Winscombe.But because Mr Pearson did not get planning permission before creating the garden, North Somerset Council says it must go.Neighbours of Mr Pearson reacted angrily to the garden and thought some of its plants which are not native to Britain, such as bamboo, looked out of place. They sent 10 letters of objection to the council, complaining there was no need for the poly tunnel or fruit cage Mr Pearson had built.They also objected to the solar powered lighting around the pond and said the benches made the area look like a domestic property.A track from Church Road leads to the garden and it is surrounded by farmers' fields and one house. Mr Pearson did not have planning permission to build a garden.Councillors ordered enforcement action to be taken against the garden at a meeting of the authority's south area committee on Wednesday.Mr Pearson had decided to submit a planning application to the council after he created the area last year.He had been working with council officers to come up with a management plan for the garden.But just before councillors were set to discuss whether to give him permission, Mr Pearson withdrew the plans and councillors were left with no choice but to order officers to take enforcement action.Speaking at the meeting, Councillor Elfan Ap Rees said: "I will certainly be proposing enforcement action. I think much of the implements should be removed.

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