Freestanding trellis fence – does it count as a "structural alteration"?

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    Freestanding trellis fence – does it count as a "structural alteration"?

    I own a flat with a private patio in a Victorian house divided into four flats. It is leasehold with a share of freehold and the only flat of the four to have a private patio, which is surrounded by communal garden.
    I would like to add trellis fencing along the length of the patio, which is currently open to the communal garden but which was previously screened by bay trees that I had chopped down shortly after buying the flat..
    My lease states that I am "not to make any structural alterations or structural additions to the demised premises without the previous consent in writing of the Lessor [in this case Freehold Management Company].
    My understanding is that freestanding fencing – not attached to the walls of the building – is not considered structural.
    I'm hoping is this case as one of my fellow directors of the Freehold Management Company is a nightmare and refuses consent for anything.
    I'd be grateful if anyone can advise?

    A free-standing trellis is not structural.


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