Couple told they can keep 6ft garden fence built without permission after councillors overrule planning officers

The front of a Victorian house with a stone wall and 6 foot wooden fence
Councillors overturned a planning officer's report that rejected refusing the couple's retrospective planning permission (Image credit: Google Street View)

A couple have won a battle to allow a 6ft 6ins wooden fence to remain after councillors disagreed with the planning officer's assessment.

Michael and Emma Jackson who live in Barnoldswick, Lancashire, built the wooden fence that had previously been denied planning permission for not being "in-keeping with the area", which was strenuously denied by the couple who claimed numerous houses had similar fences in the area.

Joseph Mullane
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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.