Green paint saves fence from removal

Monday December 5th 2022


The fence in Elmfield Park before it was painted.

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

A home-owner has been told his new garden fence has won a reprieve – after re-painting it green

David Soar appealed to councillors to overturn the decision by their planners to refuse permission for his fence which they said stood out as a prominent and “somewhat stark” feature in the Dalkeith street where he lives.

The applicant said in his appeal that he had repainted the fence which initial photographs showed as a reddish colour to a green hue.

He said the fence was no longer “a stark feature” adding: “Colour has been changed to green in keeping with other boundary treatments in the street.”

And he pointed out no objections had been lodged to the fence by neighbours adding the garden “has become a pleasant useable space with increased security, privacy, reduction in pollution and traffic noise” since the fence was installed.

Following a site visit to the house on Elmfield Park, members of the council’s Local Review Body, agreed with the applicant.

Councillor Colin Cassidy said: “My opinion is that in light of the streetscape in that particular street and surrounding streets that this isn’t offensive or intimidating.

“I don’t find it in any way intrusive on that streetscape to be honest.

“Most of us felt the same, we thought it was a real hedge when we drew up there.”

Councillor David Virgo agreed saying: “The steps that have clearly been taken to mitigate the impact of the fence are perfectly adequate.”

The review body agreed unanimously to uphold the appeal and allow the fence to stay.


The fence once painted green.

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