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The legal lines behind Kensington's red and white striped house

It is well-known that an Englishman's home is his castle, and to some extent, planning laws reflect this. You are normally free to decorate the exterior of your house to your own taste, with or without stripes - or, in the case of a home in Hartlepool, 75,000 beer cans. You can, if you wish, grow plants that engulf it entirely, as a Chelmsford owner did.

To read Arabella Murphy's reasons why you can't just get up a ladder and repaint your house like a circus tent facade to to Spear's Wealth Management Magazine.

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