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A couple who spent an astonishing amount of money renovating their garden have been forced to turn it back into the wasteland that it once was.

Adam and Barbara Keatinge from Livingston, Scotland, purchased the land adjacent to their home last year with plans to use it as a garden for their four children – but the work came with a hefty price tag.

After putting up a fence, and doing some much-needed landscaping, the garden was complete, £22,000 later reported Daily Record.

With the work being completed just in time for summer, they were thrilled.

That is until West Lothian council told them they would have to return it to its former state.

The couple were horrified to find out that the fence they had erected had broken the council’s strict planning permission rules.

After spending £22,000 of their life savings on the project they were left heartbroken, especially since their solicitor had told them planning permission wouldn’t be necessary.

Linen firm boss Adam, and teacher Barbara appealed the decision to the Scottish Government, which backed the council.

But unfortunately the request was later denied.

Adam said: “Our solicitor informed us that they had dealt with the sale of two of the adjoining plots at the top of our estate that had been converted into extended gardens and that as our change of land use was the same, then planning permission should not be required.

“We have found the whole episode very exhausting.

“We now have three months to remove the fence, reinstall the original fence and return the land to its original condition.

“It has cost us a lot of money and time for a strip of land that is 200 square metres.”

West Lothian Council said: “The change of use and erection of the fence is not supported and was refused planning permission due to the impact on the integrity of the open space/woodland.”

The moral of the story – always check with the council before doing any sort of building work, no matter how little the job.