Wendy House has got to go

The council are forcing Mrs Helga Doyle to remove her decorative hut which she has placed in her orchard for shelter. Moor Bottom Farm, Moor Bottom Lane, Greetland.'Pictured with her daughter Hannah Doyle
The council are forcing Mrs Helga Doyle to remove her decorative hut which she has placed in her orchard for shelter. Moor Bottom Farm, Moor Bottom Lane, Greetland.'Pictured with her daughter Hannah Doyle
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THE owners of a Hansel and Gretel-style Wendy House have lost their final chance to secure retrospective planning permission.

Christopher and Helga Doyle put up the green wooden hut in greenbelt land they owned near their home at Moorbottom Farm, Greetland, nearly two years ago, believing it did not need planning permission.

Planners issued an enforcement notice in 2010 insisting it was out of character with the surrounding area, which has special landscape status, and breached development control rules.

The owners won a planning appeal changing the land to that of a domestic garden but were told the hut still needed special permission. The enforcement notice was upheld requiring it to be removed by April 11 and the site back to its original state by July 11.

Mr Doyle spoke at the planning meeting this week saying the building was used for storage and fruit-growing – uses which are allowed on greenbelt land.

Planners disagreed this was what it was used for, having seen a barbecue in the hut.

But Mr Doyle said: “As soon as we found out the building needed planning permission and there were problems with greenbelt policy, we stopped using it for any domestic purposes whatsoever.”

He said the building was not a permanent structure and could be dismantled and moved.

Councillors voted to reject the planning application – with the exception of Coun Robert Thornber (Cons, Ryburn) who abstained, saying: “We see more breachesw on greenbelt far more serious than this where officers have struggled to do something.”