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Planners refuse permission for “eyesore” fence

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BOROUGH Council planning chiefs have thrown out a retrospective application for a fence erected by controversial developers Satnam – the firm behind proposals for 1,200 homes at Peel Hall.
Members of the development management committee decided the fence was out of character with the area at Birch Avenue, Orford.
Four nearby residents had lodged objections and local councillor John Kerr-Brown had called for the matter to be deferred because of doubts about the ownership of the land involved.
Objectors sad the fence had a detrimental impact on highway safety and residential amenity and there is a question over ownership of the land.
They believed the fence would create a dangerous precedent, that it caused parking issues in Birch Avenue, hindered refuse collections and left land open to fly tipping.
Planning officers argued the development was minor in nature, met expected standards of design and preserved the character of the area. They recommended the scheme be approved.
But councillors decided to refuse permission after several described the fence as an “eyesore.”

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