PLANNING chiefs at Warrington have thrown out a householder’s retrospective application to fence off a piece of land adjoining their home and convert it to garden.
There were no objections from neighbours, local borough councillors, or the local parish council. The land in question is owned by the applicant and is not designated as open space.
But Warrington Borough Council planning officers ruled that the development at an end-terraced house in Ellesworth Close, Great Sankey had an unacceptably harmful impact on the street scene through the removal of soft landscaping and the extension of a domestic boundary fence into a public amenity space.
The development did not improve the economic, social and environmental conditions of the area nor did it comply with the development plan so did not comprise sustainable development.
Officers said although the enclosed piece of land was in the ownership of the applicant, it was initially designed as an open amenity space which contributed to the leafy character of the area