A HOMEOWNER has seen his bid to secure retrospective planning permission for a six-metre Union Jack flagpole in his garden rejected.

The pole at an address in Gourock was labelled a "visual eyesore" by members of the public after the application was lodged.

Inverclyde Council planners said in their report that the flagpole was an "unexpected and dominant feature on the streetscape".

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"The installation of a flagpole within the front garden of a domestic residence forms an unexpected feature which is incompatible with the character of the surrounding area," they added.

The homeowner stated in his application that he had been unaware that planning permission was required to erect a flagpole.