Owner who replaced 1.8m fence with 1.2m wall told to demolish it for being 'too high'

A man standing next to a long sandstone garden wall next to a road
The long sandstone garden wall was apparently built too high and that the wall is attached to a listed bridge (Image credit: SWNS)

Planning officials have told a homeowner who built a £12,000 on a sandstone wall to pull it down because the structure is 20cm too high.

Bear Mason, 74, of Greenhead in Northumberland, built the 4ft wall to replace a run-down six foot wooden fence surrounding his garden without planning permission.

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