Homeowner wins thatched roof planning battle, despite council's odd request

A man thatching a roof
Bob Parks overturned a bizarre council request that asked him to replace his thatched roofing with tiles, but only after he installed new thatch on his roof (Image credit: Getty Images)

A homeowner received a bizarre request from his local council after they said he could only replace his thatched roofing from his home, after he replaced it first.

Bob Parks requested to replace the thatched roofing with tiles for his home in Irstead, situated on the bank of the River Ant. He made this request after completing an extension to his thatched cottage because he couldn't find a thatcher to do the work.

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.