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Rishi Sunak plans to build huge 50m fence at country home after rooftop protest

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is keen on building a 50m (165ft)-long fence around his North Yorkshire home, in an attempt to “discourage incursion”.

North Yorkshire Council has received planning documents for a 1.2m high “timber post and rail fence” – a structure which Downing Street confirmed Sunak would pay for himself.

The application describes the plans as a “simple visual and modest physical barrier to discourage incursion”.

It comes after a well-publicised rooftop protest in August by Greenpeace, who disagreed with oil and gas extraction plans – saying they would be “catastrophic for the climate” and “won’t lower bills or help with the UK’s energy security”.

Five people were arrested following the protest, which saw a large black fabric cover his home’s facade.

The disruption took place on an empty house, when the Sunaks were on holiday in California.

Sunak has rolled back on climate policies, to the frustration of many – risking further protest.

His delay on the ban of the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars and fossil fuel boilers, excessive private jet and helicopter use, as well as his invention of fake Labour environmental policies, have riled opponents, hence the planning application’s purpose of “discouraging incursion”.

The document also states: “It is considered that the proposal gives rise to no perceivable harm in heritage terms or from a wider planning perspective and planning permission should be duly granted.”



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