Council battles over tree root damage to Grade II-listed pond

A village in Kent has been left with unfinished maintenance work to a pond damaged by tree roots following a dispute over planning permission.

After tree roots penetrated the walls of the Grade II-listed pond in Otford, Kent, Sevenoaks District Council granted planning permission for restoration work to rebuild the walls in 2002. 

But last year, Otford Parish Council had to reapply for permission after the original request expired and the district council rejected the new application. 

Campaigners are lobbying to get the decision overturned so work can begin.


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