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CONTROVERSIAL plans to install metal gates and fencing at a house in Paddington have been approved despite a string of objections.
Several neighbours raised concerns over an application for planning permission submitted to Warrington Borough Council in relation to the development at the property on Birchdale Road.
Works to replace a brick wall and hedging on the corner plot home’s boundary with fence panels – as well as the installation of gates on the driveway – were carried out in October last year without prior consent from the council.
Submission documents stated: “The existing boundary treatment restricts the level of privacy afforded to the applicant.
“Individuals walking along Aspen Grove have clear visibility over the 1m high wall and through the existing hedgerow, meaning they can overlook the property’s side and rear gardens.
“The proposals would vastly improve the degree of privacy for the applicants – the applicant suffers from anxiety, and greater privacy would provide greater comfort and wellbeing in this regard. The applicant also owns a dog and is concerned with the rising levels of dog theft.”
However, a number of members of the public raised concerns – with some comparing the fence’s appearance to Risley prison.
One of around a dozen written objections stated: “The fence is 7ft tool and about 55ft long.
“Add a row of wire to the top and I could be looking out at Risley.
“How this can be classed as improving the appearance for the neighbours is beyond me.
“Several neighbours have commented on it being an eyesore.”
Worries were also raised over road safety.
But WBC gave the green light for the retention of the fencing and gates on Tuesday, March 29, after altered designs were lodged.
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