A homeowner who said a tree made it difficult to get his boat in and out of his driveway has lost his attempts to block a tree protection order in a Norfolk Broads village.

The Broads Authority has decided to protect 13 oak trees, three alders and one willow tree along Horsefen Road in Ludham, close to Womack Water.

It led to objections from one homeowner who complained he struggled to get in and out of his driveway due to the girth of one of the trees.

Eastern Daily Press: A map of the area in Ludham where Horsefen Road is foundA map of the area in Ludham where Horsefen Road is found (Image: Google)

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At a planning committee meeting, Lesley Mogford, said he sympathised with the owner's troubles reversing his boat and trailer into the driveway as he has to navigate a 3.4m gap between the tree and fence.

But members agreed that protecting the trees was important for the character of the area, which is known for being lined with a number of well-established trees in the rural village.

The Tree Protection Order - which restricts people from carrying out work on the trees without permission - had also gained support from the parish council and district councillor Adam Varley.

It was approved unanimously.