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Shouldham resident appeals West Norfolk Council decision after being told to pull down metal wall at his home





A homeowner is battling against his local authority after he was told to tear down a metal wall put up at the front of his home in a Norfolk village.

Gary Tunley is facing enforcement action for an alleged breach of planning regulations after West Norfolk Council claimed the 6ft tall wall with metal panels was put up without permission.

The boundary was built at his home in Westgate Street, Shouldham.

The wall and fence at the property in Westgate Street, Shouldham. Picture: Google Maps
The wall and fence at the property in Westgate Street, Shouldham. Picture: Google Maps

Mr Tunley has been told to demolish the unauthorised wall and gates but he has since appealed against the decision.

He says it was constructed as a matter of urgency in order to provide better safety for his autistic child at the advice of social services and he had applied for a lawful development certificate.

Mr Tunley followed the advice of social services who suggested the materials to use and design of the wall in order to ensure it would be secure.

While the wall itself has not broken planning regulations, objections from the village parish council over the colour of the wall led to him having to put in a retrospective planning application.

Attempts to repaint the wall failed due to the rendering.

This was refused by West Norfolk Council officers, who described the white walls and metal panels as an "alien feature" in the community.

An enforcement notice has now been issued, giving him until December 27 to remove the wall.

Following the appeal, the Planning Inspectorate will rule on whether Mr Tunley has to demolish the structure in the coming months.



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