A takeaway owner has lost his appeal following a planning row over a shed he put up behind his Grade II listed property.

Dilbani Ghassan installed a wooden office/storage space housing four separate rooms behind the Olive Branch in Corn Street in Witney,

West Oxfordshire District Council refused the subsequent planning application with Witney Town Council objecting over concerns about the impact to the Witney and Cogges Conservation Area.

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In September 2021 Mr Ghassan was issued with an enforcement notice and told to remove the shed within four months.

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The council said it caused "unacceptable harm" to the Grade II listed building and damaged the conservation area. 

A government planning inspector has now sided with the council and dismissed Mr Ghassan's planning appeal.

Planning inspector Simon Hand said Corn Street, which is "attractive" and "studded with listed buildings”, was harmed by the appearance of the shed.

He said it "completely fails" to match the sensitivity needed for the takeaway building, which is built of Cotswold stone.