Tree house dispute saga nears solution

William and James Fowler of Rainford with their tree house which is under threat of demolition.
William and James Fowler of Rainford with their tree house which is under threat of demolition.

A FATHER locked in a dispute with planning chiefs over his sons’ tree house has now vowed to work with officials to find a solution.

David Fowler insists he carried out extensive research before building a treehouse for his sons William, 10, and James, seven, last summer and erecting it two metres off the ground.

But Town Hall planners subsequently told him to remove the triangular 3m by 3m structure - as well as all building materials from his garden - following complaints from neighbours.

Mr Fowler, of Rainford, said: “After another visit from the council I have now significantly reduced the height of the tree house in a bid to comply. The council have removed the order but my sons still can’t use the tree house until we get permission from the council.

“I’m happy that the council are trying to work with me and we’re still trying to find a solution as to how the tree house can comply. At the moment we’re trying to establish what sort of roof I’m allowed.

“Just lowering the tree house was a job and a half in itself but every week that goes by is another week my sons can’t play in their tree house.”

He added: “I don’t want to be left with just a shed on the ground - it doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as a tree house!

“The saga goes on but at least it looks like a happy medium can be reached. There’s light at the end of the tunnel.”

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