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Thread #116387   Message #2499535
Posted By: gnomad
21-Nov-08 - 02:54 PM
Thread Name: Dad ordered to pull down treehouse
Subject: RE: Dad ordered to pull down treehouse
In Britain we have much less space than in the States, and hardly any true wilderness. As a result areas which are now National Parks have been so designated with residents and buildings already in place. The inhabitants may own the property, sure, but they can only make changes which are acceptable to the authorities. The National Parks authorities thus act as an additional layer of planning control, plus other duties too, of course.

All change within NPs is not forbidden, but it is quite tightly regulated. New building is the most tightly controlled, but not impossible, hence this guy's application for retrospective permission once it was established that he needed it.

Living in a NP means restricting your freedom to do certain things, but it means that your neighbours are similarly restricted. This means that the surroundings you will have undoubtedly paid a premium price for are at least protected to some extent.