Fence ruled out of place in listed grounds

An enforcement notice requiring the removal of a wooden fence from the grounds of a grade II* listed bishop's palace in a Cornish conservation area has been upheld after an inspector agreed that it adversely affected the setting.

The palace was set in mature grounds flanked by trees. The fence had been erected along one boundary and extended for 100m, separated from a driveway by a narrow verge. The inspector held that the fence appeared as a very dominant, strident and discordant feature that was out of character with the sensitive nature of the building's curtilage.

The appellant claimed that a 1m high fence could be erected without planning permission under class A, part 2, schedule 2 of the General Permitted Development Order 1995. But the inspector ruled that the order's provisions did not apply because the land lay in the curtilage of the listed building. He extended the period for compliance to six months to allow the appellant time to examine alternatives to enclosing the land.

DCS Number 100-050-197

Inspector David Brier; Written representations.

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