WEDNESDAY, JULY 11: Planners are keeping close tabs on a repossessed home after an illegal fence erected around the property was shortened.
HSBC installed the perimeter fence around the home of Leyoni Junos in Middle Road, Warwick earlier this year after she was evicted for failing to meet her mortgage payments. But the bank put up the six-foot metal mesh fence without applying for planning permission.
At the time, HSBC told the Bermuda Sun that they were in the process of applying for planning approval. But the application was not registered because it was ‘incomplete’.
Now the fence has been reduced in size significantly, which means it no longer requires full planning permission. A spokesperson for the Department of Planning said: “The application was not registered, as it was incomplete.
“Fences below four feet in height would not need planning permission if they meet the Permitted Development standards but would still require a Building Permit. The Department is monitoring the site.”
Yesterday HSBC told the Bermuda Sun it was considering all options.
A statement said: “HSBC Bermuda is the legal owner of the property and will continue to act strictly in adherence with its legal rights as owner of the property, including the right to protect the value of its property against trespassers and is presently considering all options.”