COMPLAINTS: This Mount Lofty property was approved through Toowoomba Regional Council for a 1.2m fence, but owners built it at 1.8m high.
COMPLAINTS: This Mount Lofty property was approved through Toowoomba Regional Council for a 1.2m fence, but owners built it at 1.8m high. Contributed

Council demands couple pulls down and rebuilds fence

A SIMPLE house fence has sparked a neighbourhood dispute that looks set to end in the hands of Toowoomba Regional Council bureaucrats.

A Mount Lofty homeowner had permission from council to build their front fence at 1.2 metres.

However a complaint from a member of the public alerted council to the fact it had actually been built 1.8m high.

The homeowners and council are now locked in a battle that appears to have no resolve.

Toowoomba Regional Council planning officers say the extra 600mm is a blight on the area, which is listed as a Neighbourhood Character Place.

"The existing unapproved fence results in an inappropriately high and opaque fence," council officers said.

The homeowners who are at retirement age say they need the extra 600mm for security reasons.

They also argued the "property is on the low side of the street therefore the fence at 1.8m loses between 300 and 600mm of height".

The refusal of both parties to budge is highlighted by the numerous times the application has been lodged with council's planning department since 2015.

The latest saga in the ongoing battle will play out inside City Hall on Thursday, when it will be considered by council's development assessment panel.

If the homeowners lose, they face the expensive task of rebuilding the fence.


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