Wednesday 21 March 2018

Kian told to remove fence as planners refuse permission for 'privacy wall'

Kian Egan and wife Jodi have been ordered to take down the fence around their home
Kian Egan and wife Jodi have been ordered to take down the fence around their home

Grainne Cunningham and Stephen Maguire

'VOICE of Ireland' judge Kian Egan has been ordered to take down a 'privacy' fence which he erected around his country mansion.

The Westlife star and his wife, Jodi Albert, put up the wooden fence on top of a stone wall around their Strandhill, Co Sligo, home and then applied to Sligo County Council for planning permission on February 1.

Despite no listed objections to the fence being lodged, the council has refused the singer and his actress wife permission to retain the fence around the perimeter of their home.

No reason was given for the refusal of planning retention for the fence.

The couple must now decide either to appeal or be obliged to take down the fence as soon as possible.

In their application, which cost €102 to lodge, the couple claimed the fence was only to be in place for two years, to give shrubbery time to mature and develop as a natural screen.

"The fence provides protection to the landscaping as well as providing security," the application stated.

The house is located on the outskirts of the popular tourist and surfer town of Strandhill.

Over the past six years, the couple have lodged four separate applications for planning permission, as they constructed their large home on the site of a former house and constructed a gateway and access route to the house.

The celebrity status of the couple frequently draws fans to the perimeter of the largely stone dwelling, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Westlife crooner or his 'Hollyoaks' actress wife.

One local said he was surprised that the council refused permission for the temporary wooden fence.

"It's not exactly an eyesore and nobody has ever really passed any remarks on it," he said

"Kian and Jodi keep themselves to themselves and never cause anybody any real bother,"he added.

Irish Independent

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