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Couple’s costly mistake over too tall fencing

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: May 14, 2014

  • Alison and Jim Ranson have had to re-install the fence around their back garden that they had put in recently as the council deemed it to be too high

  • Alison and Jim Ranson's fence in Tuffley

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A TUFFLEY couple were forced to fork out more than £1,000 to replace a six foot fence outside their home after planners deemed it was too high.

Alison and Jim Ranson put the fence up around their back garden after moving in to their new property in December.

However, the pair didn’t seek planning permission and were asked to take it down as it exceeded two metres in height.

Alison said the couple hired workmen to take the fence down after the council informed them of its decision.

“We put it up because we have a cat and dog and this would stop them from getting out onto the road,” she said. “It was also security for us.

“The council gave us a few weeks to take it down. “Instead we planted trees to give us more privacy, they can grow as tall as they want but it is hard to maintain them.”

The Ransons spoke after The Citizen featured an article this week about Gloucester City Council clamping down on breaches of planning rules.

More than 160 cases were investigated between January and March.

Of them, 60 per cent were asked to modify what they had done. Fences were made smaller, colours were repainted and unruly areas were tidied up.

Alison added: “The rules seem ridiculous. It cost us £2,000 to put the fence up, we then had to pay for the workmen to cut the fence and put it back up. We then paid £1,000 to have the trees planted.”

A city council spokesperson said: “As the fence was more than two metres from ground level on the boundary fence it required planning permission, which in this case was not sought prior to the fence being erected.

“The city council was informed of the fence by Gloucestershire Highways which raised concerns regarding visibility due to the height of the fence. A city council officer met the residents who agreed to make the changes and we are grateful for their assistance.”

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  • Stroudette  |  May 16 2014, 2:22PM

    This is a poorly written article. Whilst the fence is 1.8m/6ft high, when viewed from the road, the total height is clearly above 1.8m, suggesting that it has been put up on 'made up' ground. There is a low wall below it. This can be seen in the second photo. I would have to say if they paid £2000 to have the fence in the photo put up, then they were seriously overcharged.

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  • Mikejh62  |  May 15 2014, 11:21AM

    If they were so concerned about the safety of their cats & dogs then they should have checked what could or couldn't be done with a fence before buying the property.

  • Lecorche  |  May 15 2014, 10:19AM

    Just saw the top foot off and cap it all.

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  • P_I_Staker  |  May 15 2014, 9:07AM

    Total hight here would be the problem, add a gravel board and it soon makes 7 feet, high fences are antisocial reducing light in neighboring gardens. High fences don't increase security they will often have the opposite affect as they give cover to thieves to break into your house. A seven foot fence won't stop a cat!

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  • derekmd  |  May 15 2014, 8:47AM

    I know that council bods are not the brightest animals on the planet but surely one of them can get to grips with basic maths.. When i was at school 6 feet was not more than 2 metres it was almost 7 inches less, but this is the council at work so nothing more than we should expect.

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  • honslknjklyt  |  May 14 2014, 9:55PM

    moi laaaaand

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  • thestig2  |  May 14 2014, 6:36PM

    6ft- 1.8mtrs near enough. so where is the its over 2mts high. typical council. dictate to home owners what can be done with your own property. this country getting more controlling like China and Korea every day.

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  • GlostaBoy123  |  May 14 2014, 5:20PM

    I think the real problem here is they did not apply for planning permission to put the fence up initially, however i do not see what the problem is, it is their property so should be upto them.

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