Homeowner sparks fury after building 6ft wooden fence outside house

Homeowner is forced to remove ‘ugly’ 6ft timber fence outside £250,000 house on road lined with neatly-pruned hedges after neighbours complain

  • Neighbours were at war after homeowner erected 6ft fence outside property 
  • Residents in Gateshead branded it ‘horrid’ and demanded the owner pull it down
  • Homeowner has agreed to remove it following battle with locals and the council  
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A ‘crude and horrid’ fence outside a house has been dividing residents in a leafy street who waged war with the homeowner.

A homeowner faced a furious backlash after erecting the 6ft fence outside their £250,000 four-bed property in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.

Neighbours branded the fence ‘ugly and horrid’ and demanded it was taken down and replaced with a hedge synonymous with the rest of the street. 


Before: The homeowner had a wooden gate at the entrance to the home in Gateshead 


After: They removed the surrounding hedge and replaced it with a wooden fence 

The owner fought to keep it after Gateshead Council agreed with the objectors and demanded it be pulled down.

The original fence had been put up without planning permission and after a wrangle with the council, the homeowner seemingly threw in the towel this week and agreed to pull it down.   

Simon Walters, who lives nearby, said: ‘The fencing is ugly and not in keeping with the street or surrounding area.’ 

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Paul Dillon described the fence as ‘crude’, adding: ‘The proposal is withing the Low Fell conservation area and, as such, is out of character with the street scene.’

A Gateshead Council spokesperson said: ‘The householder informed us this week that they were withdrawing their appeal and that they were removing the wooden fence and replacing it with a hedge.’

Tree surgeons were seen installing the hedge on Tuesday outside the terraced property.  


The owner fought to keep it after Gateshead Council agreed with the objectors and demanded it be pulled down


Neighbours branded the fence ‘ugly and horrid’ and demanded it was taken down and replaced with a hedge synonymous with the rest of the street


The original fence had been put up without planning permission and after a wrangle with the council, the homeowner seemingly threw in the towel this week and agreed to pull it down

Objectors were unhappy the ‘well established’ hedge had been removed last summer, fearing it had been bustling with wildlife.

Gateshead Council refused a retrospective planning application before serving an enforcement notice to get it taken down.

In its refusal, the authority stated: ‘The fencing appears out of character with the street scene and would lead to less than substantial harm to the significance of the Low Fell conservation area.’

It added there was ‘no public benefit to outweigh that harm’. 

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