A newly-wed couple are celebrating after a 6ft-high fence erected directly outside their home was torn down.
Thomas Entwistle, 27, and wife Rebekah, 24, claim they became ‘prisoners in their own home’ after a 6ft-high fence was erected directly outside their property.
The couple have spoken of their relief after being ‘held hostage’ in a land dispute between a farmer and housing developer.
They arrived home from an 11-day dream honeymoon trip to the Caribbean earlier this month to find their home’s outlook was blocked by intrusive wooden panels.
It is believed that the fence was erected by a disgruntled farmer who is locked in a dispute with the developer which built the new housing estate in Blackburn, Lancs.
Thankfully, less than 72 hours after the fence had been constructed it was pulled down by teams from Permission Homes.
Speaking about the incident, music teacher Mr Entwistle said: ‘We are so relieved. I can’t tell you how excited we are that the fence is down.
‘Our fear now is that it will put it back up again – we just hope it is gone for good.
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‘I was nervous about coming to the press but I am so glad we did now – it may have saved us months of dispute.’
The couple had only moved into their corner £220,000 four bedroom property, which runs adjacent to Upper Mickle Hey Farm, just before Christmas last year.
After returning from their honeymoon this month, they were shocked to discover the fence was just 2ft away from their front door.
Mr Entwistle said his wife, who was in tearful despair, had moved back to her parents’ home in Longridge, Lancs., due to the issue.
He said the couple were ‘being held hostage in a land dispute which was nothing to do with them’.
Persimmon removed the fence after Blackburn with Darwen Council planning officials visited and told the firm the fence was constructed on land they owned.
The council officials will now see if the fence was in breach of planning regulations.
A spokesman for Persimmon Homes said: ‘Our staff have taken down the fence after consultation with council planning officers.’
Local councillor Sylvia Liddle said: ‘I am delighted for this young couple who have been so distressed – it is a victory for common sense and we now need to ensure it is a permanent solution.’
A spokeswoman for the farmer’s land agent Gary Hoerty Associates of Grindleton declined to comment.