Dog owner ordered to tear down fence after complaint issued

A dog owner has been told by planning chiefs to take down a five-feet high fence and gate around her front garden after claiming she had been given verbal permission to go ahead with it.

Jenny Heywood of Alton Way in West Kilbride completed the construction of the fence last July to try and keep her two pet rescue dogs safe.

Planning officials refused it when permission was lodged in April despite no objections to the plans from neighbours.

The applicant submitted a notice of review to the North Ayrshire Council local review body and this was considered at their meeting on Wednesday.

Planning officer Anthony Hume said: “The fence was erected around September 2022 and encloses the garden which is used by the householder for their pet rescue dogs. Beyond the fence is a public footpath at the front of the houses.

“The proposal was refused because it was contrary to the local development plan. The fence detracts from the positive character and appearance of the area. It is not considered to be distinctive and is not in keeping with the appearance of the area.

“The appellant states they were given inaccurate information by a planning officer on a telephone call prior to purchasing the property and erected the fence.

The fence in question(Image: North Ayrshire Council)

“The property was purchased largely because of the garden and the fence which was needed to keep two pet rescue dogs safe on the basis it was understood permission was not required.

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