Homeowner paints house almost black in conservation area — and can keep it

A homeowner in Henley-on-Thames has upset neighbours by painting her home anthracite, despite the home being in a conservation area.

The local council were powerless to stop the painting as they claimed "within a conservation Area, there are no Article 4 directions" and so planning permission was not required.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

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.