‘Sore thumb’ fence opposition

MOVES to seek approval for a residential fence have been opposed by town councillors.

Morpeth Town Council’s Planning and Transport Committee has objected to a retrospective application for the erection of a 1.8m high fence at a property in Queensway.

Councillors said the structure was not appropriate because the area is open and it would spoil its character. They were also concerned about its height.

Coun David Parker said: “The fence was not only put up without permission, but it is on an estate that is open plan. There are some people with hedges, but there is no fencing. I think fencing there is inappropriate and hopefully a hedge will be erected instead.”

Coun Mark Horton added: “This does look like a sore thumb. We should make the point that the estate by and large is open plan.”

The application will be determined by Northumberland County Council.