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CCTV cameras erected without permission at gated house

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MEMBERS of Warrington’s development management committee are to rule on a retrospective application for permission to erect CCTV cameras at a large, gated, detached house at Appleton.
Two, two-metre high metal poles each forming the mounting for a CCTV camera have been erected on either side of the entrance without planning consent.
Plans for a third camera on a 4.5 metre high pole to be erected in the rear garden are also to be considered.
An existing camera attached to a tree in the rear garden would be removed, according to a report to be considered by the committee.
Six neighbours have been consulted and support the application – stating that they feel safer with the cameras in place. |But two other neighbours have expressed concern.
Local councillor Brian Axcell (pictured)  has also objected, on the grounds the cameras affect the privacy of adjoining houses and capture images of people using Windmill Lane rather than protecting the house.
A number of other cameras have been attached to the house but these do not require planning consent, according to officers, who are recommending the application be approved, subject to conditions.

 

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