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On the 12th of March 2014 despite numerous objections for the erection of a fence in order to section up the gardens of No 3 Belgrave Terrace - Hambleton District council granted permission for owners/occupiers to go ahead. The resulting trellis fence is untidy, cheap and out of character to the gardens and is in breach of a historic covenant that was laid down in 1899.

One of the many redeeming features of living on Belgrave Terrace and it's open plan gardens which has over the years benefited from the community spirit that exist as a consequence of there not being a perimeter fence. When the houses and gardens were first conceived they were designed in such a way so that residents could look out onto what is an 'open plan' garden and have a clear line of site from end to end. By constructing such a fence/boundary changes the character of the whole terrace and its unique garden layout. The original 'Deed of Covenant' as drawn up on the 7th March 1899 the document goes on to stipulate "That no buildings or other erections of any kind shall be erected at any time between the North front of the said intended dwelling house". It also goes onto say " That no trees of any kind shall be planted in the front of any of the said intended dwelling houses".


Comments from Sarah Housden - Inspector Appointed by the Secretary of Sate for Communities and Local Government with reference to a similar application at 7 Belgrave Terrace : *

  1. Long front gardens and the lack of boundary features such as fences or walls between them gives Belgrave Terrace a distinctive and spacious setting which contrasts with the more tight knit form of development on the main roads
  2. Though the height and open design of the trellis would help to reduce its visual impact, it would enclose the garden on three sides and encroach into the area to the front of Belgrave Terrace where the lack of formal boundary features to the front gardens creates a sense of shared space
  3. I acknowledge that some of the gardens have planting to the boundaries and are more enclosed in character, but natural vegetation does not have the solidity and permanence of a wooden trellis fence.The proposal would not preserve or enhance this character. Wider public views of the site are limited due to its location between the two main roads and the cover provided by trees along the footpath.
  4. I conclude that the erection of a trellis fence in this case would harm the distinctive layout and setting of Belgrave Terrace that is part of the significance of the Thirsk and Sowerby Conservation Area and would not preserve or enhance its character or appearance
  5. The applicant has advanced a number of benefits including the convenience of a low maintenance garden for the occupiers, security for household pets and to create a more private and tranquil space for relaxation. Whilst sympathising with these wishes, these are private benefits and there are no wider public benefits associated with the proposal that would outweigh the harm that has been identified.*

Despite Mr Menzer securing permissions to construct this trellis fence, there is still a strong argument as to why this fence should not be be taken down and replaced with a more sympathetic alternative i.e parkland fencing


Sowerby, North Yorkshire

Sowerby is a suburb of Thirsk and is positioned in the northern half of North Yorkshire on the flood plains of Cod Beck. It sits on the A19 trunk road at the junction with the A61 to the west and Ripon. Northallerton lies 10 miles to the north along the A168 and York is 25 miles to the south east along the A19. Thirsk has a station on the main east coast railway line.

A Conservation Area is defined as an 'area of special architectural or historic interest the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve and enhance'. The purpose of a Conservation Area is to protect wider landscapes of quality and the local distinctiveness of areas valued for their visual characteristics and historic associations