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We have had retrospective planning on a 1.8 metre high fence

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We have had retrospective planning on a 1.8 metre high fence refused that borders our garden and a lane without paving on the grounds that it is too high. Our property is single story and a short distance within this boundary. The bedrooms facing have no privacy from pedestrians and motorists if the fence is lower. do i have privacy rights please?
wingrovebuyer : Hello. I'm very sorry to say that nobody has a right to privacy in this regard, in law. Planners will take things like overlooking etc into account when reviewing applications, but you have no right to privacy per se, in this context. Did the council not advise what height fence would be acceptable? Alternatively, you could plant trees to form a privacy screen. You don't require planning permission for them, but the council can intervene if trees such as leylandii get too high. Best wishes, WB
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