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.”