Dad told kids’ tree house needs planning permission

Paul Hogg, of Bolsover, with the tree house built for daughter Anysia, 7, right, and her friend Sofia, 10
Paul Hogg, of Bolsover, with the tree house built for daughter Anysia, 7, right, and her friend Sofia, 10
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A baffled dad who built a tree house for his daughter and her friends has been told he needs council planning permission for the kids’ den or he will have to pull it down.

Paul Hogg, aged 47, of Clowne Road, Stanfree, built the two-and-half metre square tree house on land at the bottom of his garden for his seven-year-old daughter Anysia Marchington.

Anysia Hogg and Sofia Crowderwith the tree house

Anysia Hogg and Sofia Crowderwith the tree house

But he was stunned when he was told by a Bolsover District Council enforcement officer he will need to submit a planning application.

Paul said: “Anysia and her friend Sophia Crowder and all the kids in the neighbourhood love the tree house and the girls are devastated that it might have to come down if I don’t get planning permission.”

Anysia persuaded her dad to build her a tree house after she saw a B&Q advert where a loving father has several attempts at building a tree house before producing a fabulous den.

Paul consulted many neighbours before building his tree house –but one anonymous resident complained to the council.

The enforcement officer confirmed he would have to submit a planning application costing about £170 and recommended possibly boarding up some of the windows so the tree house would not breach the privacy of surrounding properties.

Gas engineer and tradesman Paul added: “If anyone had any concerns they could have approached me directly.”

A Bolsover District Council council spokesman said: “We have to wait for the planning application to arrive. We will then have to advertise it and notify neighbours and there will be a public consultation for any comments and then it will be referred to either the planning committee or it will be subject to a delegated decision.”