Gillian Arnold said there was an ongoing dispute over the land – which she has used as an allotment for almost two decades – while a local council says it is “baffled” by the developer’s behaviour
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A woman is considering taking legal action after an 8ft metal fence was pulled through the middle of her alleged yard.
Gillian Arnold said the fence was installed by workers at a neighboring site on Wednesday morning, adding they had used “bully boy tactics” and there were “no quarrels” with them as they “wouldn’t stop”.
The developer has said the land is part of the overall site on which they are building a housing development, but Ms Arnold disputes this as she said she has used the land as a mini-allotment for almost two decades.
The dispute over the land on Abbey Road in Shepley reportedly began last year YorkshireLive.
Ms Arnold said: “They say it’s theirs. But it’s not in their plans and they don’t show it being used.
“They warned me they would do it [put the fence up].
“I said they couldn’t because we were fighting [about the ownership] but they have decided that the land is theirs.
“They said they sent me a letter but I never saw it.
“They won’t even share said letters with my lawyers, so I can only believe they don’t exist.
“In fact, they said they sent it to my attorney, but I didn’t even have an attorney at the time.
“Then they brought it over. The man who delivered it took a picture of himself posting it through our door.
“It was from April.
“My opinion would be that because the land is disputed they shouldn’t be there to concrete huge posts in my gardens.
“My greenhouse is on one side and I am on the other.
“It’s bully boy tactics and it’s not okay. I am considering a restraining order.”
A spokesman for Camstead Homes – which is building the Shepley New Mills housing development – said: “The company is the legal owner of the property in question.
“It put up a fence around its property to secure it pending development.
“It would not be appropriate for us to comment further on this private matter.”
County Councilor John Taylor (Con, Kirkburton) said he was “stunned” when he saw the fence and suggested the dispute be settled through legal channels.
He said: “I am shocked by the behavior of the developer.
“This is clearly a legal boundary dispute that needs to be resolved through the courts and not by building a fence right through someone’s yard.
“While this goes to court I would expect the developer to act appropriately as this is ultimately their neighbor.”
Kirklees Council approved the controversial plan Planned to build up to 34 homes on the site as of May 2020, although flooding is known to occur.
Local residents said the development would create more problems and could push the runoff further down the valley to Fenay Bridge, four miles away.
The decision to approve the scheme was taken by the Council under executive powers enacted during the lockdown as its committees were unable to meet.
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