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Security fencing stays at Midlothian property

Security fencing stays at Midlothian property
Security fencing around a property that was to be moved will instead remain in place in a small Midlothian town.

The 1.7-metre high security fencing around the home in Loanhead was originally erected under the proviso that it was to be moved one metre back from its current boundary, reported the Midlothian Advertiser.

It was understood that moving it back would create greater visibility and also allow for space for plants to be grown to reduce the impact of the fence.

Jackie Aitchison, a Labour councillor, made a motion for the "retrospective application" to be removed altogether from the planning permission.

He told the newspaper: "Moving it back a metre, I think, wouldn’t make that much of a difference. Had the recommendation been to remove the fence, I may well have taken a different view, but I think from what we have before us I would leave it as it is."

Councillors at the Local Review Body meeting unanimously agreed to the decision.

It is important to get the height of security fencing right. A businessman in Stockport who erected metal gates outside his home was told by the council that they were "six inches to tall" and had to have it altered.

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Date: 01/06/2011 16:32:09

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