A Royal Marine whose legs were blown off in
Joe Townsend’s dream of building a specially-adapted bungalow was unopposed by neighbours. The 20-year-old even went to a council meeting to beg planners to approve the idea.
But they ruled his circumstances were “not considered sufficient” to allow the building in a paddock beside the home of 72-year-old David Carter and wife Lynda, 60.
Joe — who stepped on a Taliban mine in
“One female councillor said something like, ‘Sod the laws, give the lad the house he needs’.
“I thought that was brilliant. It’s a shame that everybody didn’t feel the same way.”
The bungalow, including a therapy room, would have been hidden from the road at Hankham,
But Wealden District Council called it “intrusive”.Heartbroken gran Lynda said: “These are exceptional circumstances — our grandson almost gave his life for us so we can be free from terrorists.”
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