Hereford & Worcester

Tupsley man considers appeal over play house decision

Play house Image copyright Mat Waybourne
Image caption The play house has a balcony level and windows overlooking other gardens

A man who was ordered to pull down a play house he built for his daughter without applying for planning permission could launch an appeal.

Mat Waybourne, 42, from Tupsley, Herefordshire, spent two months and £800 building the two-storey wooden house for seven-year-old Lilly.

It features a balcony, ladders and windows that overlook other gardens.

Herefordshire Council has advised Mr Waybourne he can choose to appeal against the decision.

However, he said paperwork sent to him stated a fee of £344 must be paid to the authority if he does go ahead.

Mr Waybourne said: "My daughter always wanted a tree house. That's why I'd built one. I don't feel it's safe for the kids to play in the streets.

"[The council] is wasting money on silly things like this. Hopefully I'll be able to afford [the appeal]."

A council spokeswoman said: "The council has served an enforcement notice upon Mr Waybourne for a breach of planning regulations, relating to a four-metre construction he has erected within two metres of his land boundary.

"He has a right to appeal against this."

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