Neighbors of the controversial Maisemore Treehouse said the structure "looked like a World War II watchtower."

Francis Peters built the tree house for his 7-year-old daughter Grace and 12-year-old son David, but Tewkesbury City Council informed her that she was violating the rules. planning.

A 14-month battle over whether the structure can stay has followed and the neighbors have now revealed the impact that had had on their lives.

A neighbor of the building, who chose to remain anonymous, said, "This treehouse overlooks our fence, and is six feet tall.

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"One day, when I came home from work, he appeared out of nowhere. It looks like a watchtower from the Second World War.

"I said that we had to lower it, but they refused and built even bigger."

Neighbors expressed concerns about the negative impact of the structure on their privacy.



Sian Rees and her daughter Grace, 7, with the treehouse that it might be necessary to demolish

"They use it as entertainment center. Teens use it and look in our garden, "said the neighbor.

"She takes a look in our garden and deprives us of our privacy. My daughter does not want to go out in the garden anymore.

"I'm not against children having a tree house to play, but the scales are ridiculous. It's a hell of a structure. "

The Tewkesbury Borough Council rejected the most recent request and said the tree house should now be dismantled.

A poll on Gloucestershire Live found that 65% of readers agreed with the council's view that the treehouse should be demolished.

The neighbor added: "During its construction, I asked that it be lowered so that the main deck is one meter off the ground. It would have looked like a shed in our garden.

"I do not want to be the bad neighbors, but the treehouse has an impact on our privacy.

"One of the reasons we moved to this house is the garden, and for a year we have not had a private garden.

The applicants insist that they have worked with the City Council to alleviate concerns over the treehouse, including moving the structure from one side of the garden to the other on several occasions , assuring the council that this would solve planning problems. Final request submitted proposed moving the treehouse for the fourth time.



Francis Peters (59) with his daughter Grace (7)

Mr. Peters, who heads Cotswold Stonecraft, said, "I want our young kids to enjoy the tree house and play in their backyard.

"If they can not do that, then you have to wonder where privacy begins and ends because kids should be able to play in a tree house.

"Grace and David are the only people using the treehouse. My eldest sons had helped build the treehouse and they had taken advantage of it at the time, but it is absurd to suggest that they still use it. "

Annette Roberts, Development Services Manager, Tewkesbury Borough Council, said, "A structure of this nature can affect the enjoyment of residents in their homes and gardens. This is why planning regulations are in place and must be respected.

"On this occasion, the structure was built without planning permission. A retrospective application was therefore submitted.

"The council's planning committee refused this request because of the impact on neighboring properties.

"A second request followed and was also refused for the same reasons.

"In order to remedy the situation, the board now requires that the structure be dismantled and, if it does not happen, it will have to use its powers to ensure compliance."

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