Couple return from honeymoon to find 6ft fence ‘like the Berlin Wall’ around their dream home

The fence at the front of the house of Thomas and Rebekah Entwistle in Blackburn, Lancs. The farmer who put the fence up, lives in the farm (L). See ROSS PARRY story RPYFENCE: A newly-wed couple say they are ‘hostages’ imprisoned in their dream home after a 6ft high fence was put up outside their front window. The wooden barrier, wrecking their view, was placed there by a farmer in dispute with the national housing developer who built the new estate. Now music teachers Thomas Entwistle, 27, and his 24-year-old wife Rebekah are in despair, keep their front window curtains closed, and spend most of their time upstairs. Married in July, they moved into the £220,000 four-bedroomed corner property on Persimmon Homes Brook View estate off Parsonage Road, Blackburn, just before Christmas. They went on holiday to the Caribbean earlier this month, returning to find David Preece, the owner of nearby Upper Mickle Hay Farm, had put up the solid wooden fence 2ft from their front door and living room window.

A young couple returned from their honeymoon to find the view from their newly-bought house ruined – by a 6ft fence outside their window. Thomas Entwistle, 27, and wife Rebekah, 24, found the wooden barrier just 2ft from their front door and living room.

They believe it was erected by a farmer locked in a dispute with the developer that built the new estate in Blackburn, Lancashire. Thomas, a music teacher, said: ‘This was our dream home and now it’s turned into a nightmare – it feels like we are imprisoned in our own house by this fence. ‘We are being held hostage in a land dispute which is nothing to do with us.


It is 2ft from our front window and front door – it’s like having the Berlin Wall in front of our home.’ The couple moved into the £220,000 four-bedroom home on Persimmon Homes Brook View estate just before Christmas. But they returned from their 11-day honeymoon in the Dominican Republic earlier this month to find their view blocked. ‘Rebekah is always in tears. She is in despair – there was no warning and the fence just appeared. We’re not even sure we want to live here now,’ Thomas added.

Thomas, who married Rebekah in July, is now considering employing a solicitor. However, Persimmon insists none of its development encroaches on land it does not already own.

A spokesman for Persimmon Homes said: ‘We are confident none of our development encroaches on land not legitimately within our ownership. ‘We understand planning enforcement action is being taken against the neighbouring landowner to address the fence, which has been erected illegally and in breach of planning regulations.’

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