'Stockade' garden fence to be removed

PUBLISHED: 09:40 31 January 2011

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A GARDEN fence in Weston described by neighbours as a 'stockade' must be removed on orders of the planning authority.

Resident John Lorriman has been told to take down the metre-and-a-half-high fence around the property in Sandpiper Drive after failing to get planning permission.

In a supporting document sent to North Somerset Council he said the wooden barrier stopped children using the garden as a short cut and protected a dog from the road.

But six neighbours objected plan, saying the fence caused a visual obstruction to motorists and pedestrians coming out of Sandpiper Drive.

They also disputed children ever cut across the lawn for a short-cut.

One neighbour even said: “We were a happy little community until the stockade was erected.”

North Somerset Council planning officers refused the planning application last month.

In a report, case officer Gaynor Whittington said the fence caused a detrimental impact on the street character.

The council has told Mr Lorriman to remove the fence, threatening enforcement action if he fails to do so.

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