Our neighbourly planning hurdles were as nothing compared with theirs. Pannal is a seriously posh and wealthy part of Harrogate which over time has spread into what was farm land. The sprawl was getting ever nearer the water tower and the locals were troubled that people were about to live in what was an industrial eyesore within their precious view. Specifically, an earlier planning decision called for the then rusty and rotting tank to be removed.
Work on their tower had been at a standstill until this issue was resolved. Well, this week it was resolved when the entire planning committee heard both sides then, crucially, paid a site visit.
When they saw, as we have seen, what a magnificent job was being done at the Pannal Tower they approved the retention of the tank UNANIMOUSLY.
Building work has re-commenced.
A triumph for these lovely people who have been putting their hearts, souls and hard earned money into this stunning piece of built heritage.
We had just one neighbouring property owner to contend with. Maj and Carol had to defend against an orchestrated campaign within an entire neighbourhood. It would be good if their neighbours accept things with good grace and give support for this project, get round there and have a look for themselves. Everybody will feel better.
You need to tune in to Restoration Man when the Pannal Tower episode is shown eventually. Watch this space.