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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