Fence around Sutton Bridge home's garden can stay
A Sutton Bridge resident will be allowed to keep a 6ft fence which he erected without council permission.
The owner of the a corner property in Wharf Street also technically changed the use of land now inside the fence, which belonged to him, but which had been commonly seen a grass verge alongside a public highway.
However, the Land Registry confirmed that the verge does indeed belong to the homeowner.
The fence required planning permission as it exceeds one metre in height within two metres of a highway.
Officers reported that one resident had complained that the fence 'reduces visibility splay at the junction with Nene Meadows' and 'significantly changes the light and open environment that make the area so attractive'.
Ward councillor Chris Brewis described the fence as "absolutely appalling" before the application was retrospectively approved.
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