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Pennys Lane fence allowed on appeal
A FENCE that sparked a crackdown on “out of place” boundaries in Pennys Lane, Fordingbridge, will be allowed to stay, after a planning inspector ruled it fitted in.
James Glucksam installed the 20-metre-long fence at his bungalow a little under four years ago – had New Forest District Council acted any later in seeking retrospective permission for it the fence would automatically have been allowed as established use.
But planners said the fence was too high for the area at just under two metres, and turned down Mr Glucksam’s application to retain it. And a report on the application mentioned several other properties that would also be coming under scrutiny as a result of Mr Glucksam’s brick and timber fence being identified as “inappropriate”.
The report said: “The proposed fencing is considered to be inappropriate in terms of its height, design and materials, creating an incongruous feature that would have a detrimental impact on the character and appearance of the street scene.
“If permitted the proposal would also set an unwelcome precedent.”
The town council backed the fence, saying there are already a number of different boundaries along the road, and the road is wide enough to accommodate them without changing the character of the area.
Planning inspector Nick Fagan has agreed with the town council, saying: “There are several examples of fences of a similar height to that at No 10 in the immediate vicinity, in particular at No 12 and No 3 opposite.
“There is also a property at the end of Pennys Lane near the junction with Whitsbury Road that has a very high stained timber fence.
“There are also several other examples of similar height fences within a short walking distance of No 10.”
He added: “The council indicates some of the fences nearby are unauthorised. However, others have been in position for some time and are part of the established character of the area. In this respect the fence at No 10 is not out of place in the street scene.
“Specifically, the fence at No.10 is in proportion and is no higher or more prominent than a number of other fences in the area.
“I do not consider it creates a harsh and incongruous feature adversely impacting on the character and appearance of the area.”
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