Treehouse gets planning thumbs-up

IAN CLARKE A unique tree house threatened with demolition is likely to be allowed to stay after winning support from planning officers.Youth worker Adam Jackson, 22, and a group of former university friends worked tirelessly to make the 21ft high creation at the bottom of his mother's garden at Brandon Parva, between Dereham and Wymondham.

IAN CLARKE

A unique tree house threatened with demolition is likely to be allowed to stay after winning support from planning officers.

Youth worker Adam Jackson, 22, and a group of former university friends worked tirelessly to make the 21ft high creation at the bottom of his mother's garden at Brandon Parva, between Dereham and Wymondham.

Two local people objected to it being allowed to stay and parish councillors also opposed it on the grounds of it being visible when leaves fall and its size and health and safety issues.

But 25 letters of support were sent to South Norfolk District Council praising the project.

And today the council's north-west area planning committee will be recommended to give permission for the tree house to be retained as long as it has a natural wood colour and its use “is incidental to the land and Brandon House.”

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Supporters said the project was well built, did not harm the tree, has been “an inspiration to many people of all ages,” has used recycled materials and had involved young people in a constructive way.

Neighbouring Breckland Council had no objection and said the tree house was not an eyesore.

In a report to the meeting, South Norfolk officers said it was in an isolated location and did not harm the local area and neighbouring properties would not be “significantly overlooked.”

The total cost of the project has been less than a quarter of the £135 planning application fee as the materials have mainly come from skips or donations from builders.

Mr Jackson said: “It is a unique and exciting creation. This is a testimony to what young people can do when they have something productive to put their hands to rather than causing trouble.

“It's encouraging that the planning officers are recommending approval but I won't get excited until I have got the planning permission in my hand.”

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