A HOMEOWNER in Tenbury Wells has applied to Malvern Hills District Council for planning permission to make changes to their property.

The owner of Berrington House at Berrington Gardens in Tenbury  wants to remove an existing boundary fence, hedge and tree, and replace them with a new wall.

The application submitted to the council says: "The existing hedge and maple tree are overgrown causing problems, and the boundary fence is in disrepair and not reachable."

Charlotte Walter, the applicant, wants to build a new boundary wall which will match her existing front wall. She describes the existing fence is rotten, with the hedge being overgrown ivy. She is proposing to use a reclaimed brick wall with sandstone slabs.

Her design and access statement adds further information about the proposed wall: "The proposed development will be approximately 1.8 metres to two metres.

"New close boarded hardwood gates will match the existing main gates on the main boundary wall."

The waste water statement adds: "With the construction of the proposed boundary wall, there will be no additional run off and change to the existing permeable area."

The heritage assets document says: "Although Berrington House is situated in a conservation area of Tenbury Wells, it is not a listed property. It is of Georgian construction. 

"This boundary wall will be situated between the boundary of the coach house and number one, the Mews. It will replace a boundary fence. 

"This will result in enhancing both Berrington House and number one, the Mews, also the rest of the residents of the Mews included while addressing potential issues with invasive tree roots and erosion of unretained ground, thus creating a clean aesthetically pleasing wall requiring zero maintenance.

"With this proposed wall, no historic fabric of the building will be lost. It will only serve to enhance the area."

One neighbour is in support of the plans, while another neighbour, district councillor Andrew Willmott has said that he is giving the application "active consideration and reserve the right to agree to the delegation of the decision at a later stage".