Roof rails cannot stay, says council

Portsmouth & Southsea railway station by Andy Cooper

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RAILINGS lining a roof used as a balcony must be removed, Portsmouth City Council planning officers have said.

The metal railings were installed, without planning permission, at 26 Lyndhurst Road, North End.

Now an application for retrospective planning permission is set to be refused, after neighbours complained the roof's use as a balcony would cause them to lose privacy, as people would be able to see into their gardens.

One letter of support was written to the council, saying the fencing isn't unsightly and contains plants.

But Portsmouth City Council planning officer Simon Barnett said: 'These railings would increase the use of the roof as a terrace, and would cause a perception of loss of privacy for neighbours.'