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Couple could be forced to repaint entire house after painting it in lilac labeled ‘unacceptable’ & ‘harmful’

A COUPLE could be forced to repaint their entire home after being told its lilac color was “unacceptable” and “harmful”.

Kate Codrington, 55, and partner Ian Davis, 62, hire a decorator to transform their yellow Hertfordshire home in August 2020.

Kate Codrington outside her home in Oxhey, Hertfordshire

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Kate Codrington outside her home in Oxhey, HertfordshireCredit: SWNS
Watford Regional Council says a retrospective planning application to repaint the facade of their house has been rejected

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Watford Regional Council says a retrospective planning application to repaint the facade of their house has been rejectedCredit: SWNS

They painted the entire exterior in a shade of lilac and updated the window frames with white.

However, once the renovations were completed, the couple were contacted by Watford Area Council, which received an objection from a mysterious complainant.

The couple received another blow from Council last summer when it failed to support their retrospective planning record to turn the once-lilac property.

A council official ruled that the color was “harmful” to the surrounding conservation area and “unacceptable in its design”.

Before the couple started repainting their house, they didn’t know they needed planning permission.

When the council discovered their paint job, Mr Davis and Ms Codrington were required to submit a retrospective planning application and were “deeply shocked” to be denied in September 2021.

After refusing, the couple launched a petition to “abolish” the reserve and also recruited a heritage and townscape consultant to help form an appeal that was filed with the site. Planning Inspector last month.

In her report, consultant Nairita Chakraborty, who visited the property in October, explains why the council’s decision should be overturned.

She acknowledged the council’s motive was to protect the “special interests” of Oxhey Village, but pointed out that the features of other properties in the village had lost “consistency” and “uniformity”.

She said the new lilac was neither “colorful” nor “offensive” for the surrounding Victorian estates – nor was it “out of place” with the character of the local area.

The appeal is pending approval from the Planning Inspector. The Ombudsman will decide whether to uphold or reject the appeal.

I turned my council house into something that looks modern and expensive

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17275332/couple-may-be-forced-to-repaint-entire-house-after-lilac-colour-branded-unacceptable-harmful/ Couple could be forced to repaint entire house after painting it in lilac labeled ‘unacceptable’ & ‘harmful’

Huynh Nguyen

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