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    Visit from council to a fence which is too high

    Good evening everyone.
    So in the last 6 months I have been busy refurbishing a flat.

    i even had a nice new garden. I wanted a fence as well for privacy. So that was made in December.

    on the 2nd of Jan a council planning officer came by stating my fence was over 1m and too high from the pavement/road.

    i honestly did not know. And i told him my reasons as well. Anyway he was a very nice person and reaosnable. He said he would have a talk with his colleagues and email me back.

    He was back in contact the other day to let me know i could go about it 2 ways.

    one i submit a planning permission for it and cost is £234.

    or i can do it under permitted development but have to reduce the fence by 300mm including the concrete posts etc. I have been quoted already £250 for the work.

    i wanted to have a go at planning permission as that way there will be no screwing up my nice fence or posts breaking etc..

    do i really need an architect just for a fence? Its already there. I am capable of making a drawing with dimensions.

    what do you guys think?
    thanks

    #2
    The 1m rule is for the front fence fronting onto a public highway, and it is basically there for crime prevention, probably originally to ensure that intruders were visible from the road, but, these days it also protects the road from fly tipping.

    Are you sure that you will actually get planning consent, if you do apply?

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      #3
      You don't need an architect. You often see amateur drawings of all types accompanying simple planning permission applications, and the council only seems to object if it is not clear what is being proposed. You can include photos as well.

      Originally posted by leaseholder64 View Post
      Are you sure that you will actually get planning consent, if you do apply?
      It's definitely worth getting an informal view on this from the person from the council.

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        #4
        Does this apply to wire fences too as I've just added a 1.8m security fence inboard of the 2.5m high hedge that forms the boundary that borders the road?

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          #5
          Ok i have spoken to the council. We shall just be reducing by 300mm and he said to call him once done so he can come out and see it.
          he will then close the case. And that will be the end of it.

          he did mention he couldnt guarantee if the planning application would go through. Also the price was £346 as fence was put up already.

          so permitted development is the best way to go.

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            #6
            Tip- get the posts cut nice and flat then get a plastic post cap screwed to the top on a bed of gripfill or similar. This will look nice and protect the steel rods which will be exposed from rusting and the issues that causes.
            (Hubby advice btw)

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              #7
              Originally posted by Moy View Post
              Tip- get the posts cut nice and flat then get a plastic post cap screwed to the top on a bed of gripfill or similar. This will look nice and protect the steel rods which will be exposed from rusting and the issues that causes.
              (Hubby advice btw)
              Sounds absolutely dreadful and Gripfill is not suitable for outside use.



              Freedom at the point of zero............

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