Children facing eviction from Wendy house

Fraser Hambleton, front, with wife Sylvie and children Kristian and Lauren in front of the house, with local pals
Fraser Hambleton, front, with wife Sylvie and children Kristian and Lauren in front of the house, with local pals

ANOTHER group of children look set to be evicted from their Wendy house because it doesn’t have planning permission.

The two-storey playhouse in Hey Lane, Outlane, falls outside any criteria for acceptable new development in the green belt, according to council planning officers.

Last year, they refused to allow Christopher and Helga Doyle permission to keep the house they put in a field close to their home at Moorbottom Farm, Greetland, because they said it spoiled the area’s special landscape status.

Fraser Hambleton built his 10ft by 6ft wooden Wendy house last summer for use by all the children in the Hey Lane hamlet.

He told Calderdale Council he wanted it to be visible from four neighbouring properties so that it would be safe for children to play.

But the planners said that was unacceptable.

Head of planning Geoff Willerton said: “It could be sited in the applicants’ own garden, which would be much safer than children having to cross a waterway or a site adjacent to a public right of way, which any strangers could walk by.”

Ripponden Parish Council also objected to the building on the grounds that it is in the green belt and the hardstanding is disproportionate to the size of the building.