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Dream view restored as nightmare barrier to be pulled down

Posted 12 February 2010
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Dream view restored as nightmare barrier to be pulled down
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A metal wall blocking walkers from viewing an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) must be torn down, it has been ruled.

Michael and Carol Clare, who founded and then sold on the Dreams bed business, had put up a high, opaque metal wall on the boundary of the grounds of their £22 million Turville Court estate in the Chilterns, next to a bridleway.

They then applied for retrospective planning permission on the grounds that the structure was a field gate, a view opposed by walking and conservation groups.

Wycombe Council has now rejected the Clares' application, noting that the barrier blocks a view across the AONB that was previously available from the path.

Such a decision means those putting on some hiking gear can enjoy the scenery with no obstructions.

There has also been good news for those wearing cycle gear in the Chilterns AONB as well.

It revealed earlier this month that the Chilterns Leader programme - which funds tourism and business projects in the area - had issued a grant of £48,000 to establish a 170-mile cycle route through the Chilterns countryside.

Posted by Brandon Egley