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Wendy house faces demolition
The Wendy house
The Wendy house is built on a wooden deck
A child's Wendy house could be torn down - after council officials said it needed planning permission.

Parents Paul and Donna Scotter built the wooden den on decking in the front of their home in the village of Muston near Filey in North Yorkshire.

But now their children Amber, six, and Jasmine, two, face losing their playhouse after it was spotted by a passing planning official.

The Wendy house had cost the Scotters 99 and had been in use since last July.

Scarborough Borough Council's chief planning officer Gordon Sommerville said: "It's a conservation area. Everybody expects much higher standards.

Amber Scotter
Amber Scotter will know the fate of her Wendy house on Wednesday

"It doesn't enhance the street scene at all.

"This is a sad case of retrospective development."

In January, the Goodwill family, from Barnoldswick, Lancashire, had a similar fight.

Pendle Borough Council said their Wendy house was too close to the road but the Goodwills won their case.

To Amber Scotter, the Wendy house is just somewhere to play.

"I don't want them to pull it down," she said. "It's a nice Wendy house."

Mrs Scotter said: "I will chain myself to it if I have to. I will appeal all the way."

The family has the full support of their neighbours - the entire road has written to the council in favour of the Wendy house.

But the council is expected to refuse retrospective planning permission on Wednesday.

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