Homeowner who replaced hedge around garden with 6ft fence told to remove it

A wooden panelled garden fence
The hedge was said to no longer protect the man's elderly mother from the sound and air pollution from the street (Image credit: Nock Deighton estate agents)

A man from Shropshire who removed a garden hedge and trees to install a wooden garden fence has been told it is illegal.

Mark Leighton failed to gain planning permission for the works to his mother's garden, but he claims the fence in its original form was unsafe as it didn't protect his mother from pollution from the road.

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.