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Family-house in Edwistowe forced to remove fence by Newark and Sherwood District Council

Parents have been ordered to remove a garden fence, which they claim helps keep their autistic daughter safe.

Cliff Baker got permission from his landlord to put a 6ft fence in his garden in Edwinstowe 18 months ago, but did not realise he also needed planning approval from Newark and Sherwood District Council.

He claims it is there to keep safe his ten-year-old daughter, TJ White, who has autism and is one of the only two people in the world with a rare chromosome depletion.

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Mr Baker said: “She has no road sense. She could be hit by a car if she jumps or leaves, someone could harm her.

“They won’t let us keep our child safe, it is just painful.”

The daughter’s paediatrician has written a letter and provided medical records that show the need for the fence for the youngster’s safety.

The family paid more than £400 to appeal the council’s decision to turn down the application, but that was also rejected.

The planning inspector said it stood out from the rest of the street scene.

District council officers offered a one-metre fence instead, however, the family sees no benefit in it because their daughter can still climb it.

The house used to have a picket fence but she was removing it and pushing it out, so there was a need for a taller and stronger fence.

CLIFF and Dawn Baker with daughter TJ White, 10, of Edwinstowe, by the fence they have been ordered to remove.
CLIFF and Dawn Baker with daughter TJ White, 10, of Edwinstowe, by the fence they have been ordered to remove.

The family has been given until February next year to remove the fence

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