A dad had a big surprise when told he must get planning consent for the tree house he lovingly built for his kids.
Spalding vet Remco Bosma had just finished building the playhouse in a weeping willow in his back garden when a council letter arrived saying it needed a planning application or be taken down “in its entirety”.
Remco has now submitted a planning application to South Holland District Council – and he and wife Sylvia have their fingers crossed it will be successful because they don’t want to break their children’s hearts.
Nick (seven), Anouk (five) and Jack (three) adore their playhouse and don’t know they risk losing it.
Remco, who lives in Crowland, said: “They don’t know. We didn’t tell them about the planning. We thought we would better see what happens.”
He said the children “will be very disappointed” if the tree house has to come down.
Remco didn’t know the miniature house would need planning consent and the council letter came as a big surprise.
He’s learned you’re not allowed to have any raised platforms above 30cms without planning consent – his tree house is 3.9metres above ground.
It took Remco five weeks in his spare time to build the tree house – which measures three metres high and three metres across.
The tree house is triangular and was built from fencing materials. It has three windows so the children can look out on the garden.