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Weeting homeowner in row with Breckland Council over fence height

A homeowner living in a rural neighbourhood surrounded by picket fences is battling the council after they told him his fence was too tall.

Breckland Council blocked a retrospective planning application for the 5.7ft high wooden border that was put up at the front of a house in Weeting.

Barry Joseph, who owns the bungalow in St Edmund Road, said he put the fence up to replace a row of 6ft conifers that once provided him privacy.

The fence in Weeting. Picture: Google Maps
The fence in Weeting. Picture: Google Maps

But a burst water pipe underneath forced Anglian Water to chop them down.

He said he had checked with his neighbours who didn’t have a problem with his fence and Weeting Parish Council has also chosen not to object.

However, Breckland Council has said it was out of character and spoiled the street scene, with most of the other houses on the street having low-picket fences.

It also broke planning regulations, which state fencing should only be 3.2ft at the front of a property.

The row continues and will be decided by the Planning Inspectorate following the outcome of the appeal.

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