Council cuts down Bishop's Stortford resident's bid to expand garden
East Herts Council has weeded out a Thorley Park resident's plan to spend his retirement tending a bigger garden.
In a delegated decision by planning officers, Clifford Roberts's application for change of use permission for amenity land next to his home in Mathams Drive has been refused.
The planning authority backed objections from neighbours and the town council and rejected the scheme.
It said: "The proposed development would result in the loss of an area designated as open space and the enclosure of this amenity land, which would have a detrimental impact on the character and appearance of the street scene and would reduce the amount of designated open space in the area."
Mr Roberts wanted to fence off part of the greensward fronting Greenhill Park, enclosing it within his own garden boundary.
In a supporting statement, he told the planning authority: "I am nearing retirement and would like to expand my garden so I can spend time landscaping and developing the land into a place I can share and enjoy with my family and friends."
He had pledged to put a covenant in place to ensure the land could not be built on.