Couple ordered to rebuild chimney they removed without planning permission, despite it posing a safety risk

A brick house with flat roof and 3 chimney sets
The chimney was said to be at risk of falling and a potential hazard but planning permission was never given for the removal of the entire chimney (Image credit: Great Yarmouth Borough Council)

A couple has had their plans to remove a chimney stopped by their local council after it was found to be "detrimental" to the local area.

Charlotte Dickerson and her partner Rory McGrath removed a chimney in their house in Martham after an engineer stated the chimney could fall down and caused a significant hazard to them and their family.

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News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.