There is a 2m height restriction on border fences in the UK.

Can the council allow that planning restriction to be circumvented if the perpetrator is claiming to have mental health problems? Can they allow this if those actions are having a detrimental effect on the lives of the victims?

In particular, the person with mental health is falsely claiming the victim is engaging in crime, with the protagonist going to the police/council with faked/illusionary evidence. The reality is the victim can prove the person with mental health is engaging in that crime themselves and trying to pretend it is the victim.

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    If you're unhappy with a council planning decision, you should look at the council's complaints procedures. In extreme cases you may be able to launch a legal action: speak to a good solicitor. You could also consider suing your neighbour, or council services for resolving disputes between neighbours.
    – Stuart F
    Nov 25 at 16:37
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    Front line council workers and police typically try to help. The present council worker admitted the fence was not permitted and assured us something would be done. This present council worker has done fantastically by keeping this complaint going as long as it has and not buckling to the protagonist's fantasies and illusions. But, then strange things happen and issues such as rats, all day garden fires, thrown dogs mess, attacks on our property, etc, etc, are allowed to continue indefinitely.
    – Rewind
    2 days ago

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Enforcement of the law is discretionary

The police, or council, or any other administrative authority can decide if they will enforce the law on a case by case basis. They are entitled to consider the mental state of the alleged perpetrator. They can also consider the victims. They do not have to justify their discretion.

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