A DEVELOPER has been ordered to remove a steel fence that was built around a block of flats in Thurnscoe which it claimed protected the residents from vandals.

Scholes Construction and Maintainance - on bahalf of Masma - applied for retrospective permission for the 1.8 metre-high pallisade fence that had built around the flats on High Street, Thurnscoe.

The fence blocks off space that was agreed to be left for car parking and the developers wanted to keep it, saying the car parking spaces were no longer necessary as none of the residents living in the flats had cars.

The report said: "Fencing has been erected to create individual yards to the downstairs flats, and to increase safety and security to the residents due high levels of vandalism.

"Since the works have been completed, the police involvement and number of incidents for breaking and entering and vandalism have dramatically reduced. No queries have been raised from any neighbouring residents expressing concerns over parking which indicates that the removal of the spaces does not pose an issue for neighbouring residents."

Council planners refused the request last week - which means the parking spaces have to be reinstated and the fencing removed.