Another story to make you want to scream - Good luck Royal, and I hope this decision gets overturned and that you get the grovelling apology you deserve. Soldier who lost both legs in Afghanistan is refused permission for specially-adapted bungalow on grandparents' land http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1129143/Soldier-lost-legs-Afghanistan-refused-permission-specially-adapted-bungalow-grandparents-land.html A crippled soldier has been left 'devastated' after councillors threw out his grandparents' plans to build him a specially-adapted bungalow on their land so he could move out of hospital. Royal Marine Joe Townsend, 20, lost both his legs when he stepped on an anti-tank mine on patrol in Afghanistan 11 months ago. He is desperate to move out of Headley Court Armed Forces rehab centre in Surrey to be closer to his family in Pevensey, East Sussex, and gave an impassioned speech to his local planning committee asking them to approve the designs. But his dreams were shattered when Wealden councillors decided his case was not 'exceptional' enough to waive strict planning laws forbidding development on the secluded private land surrounding his grandparents' country home. Joe said: 'I was devastated by the decision. 'They gave me two minutes to put my points across and I told them I was a 20-year-old Marine injured in Afghanistan. 'I said I had been a local lad all my life and always wanted to live round my granddad's. 'His idea of building me a place in his paddock was a massive incentive for me to crack on, get better and get my independence back. 'The rejection was a kick in the teeth and I don't know what will happen now.' Councillor Niki Oates, who is also a double amputee, called on fellow committee members to 'damn the rules' and help him. But her proposal was rejected by six votes to five. Rejected: Mr Carter stands by the plot of land he wanted to build a specially-adapted bungalow on for his badly injured grandson She said: 'I lost both my legs below the knee so obviously, I felt special compassion for him. 'I said, damn the rules! There has to be a way to get round them sometimes in a case like this. 'I tried my hardest, but to no avail. I wish him every luck. 'He is a really genuine guy, a 40-year-old head on 20-year-old shoulders, and he is welcome to come round to mine for a cup of tea and a chat any time.' Joe, who has already had 20 operations and is due to undergo more surgery next month, said: 'I was really touched by the strength of her support. 'It was nice to see obviously I've put myself out doing service in Afghanistan and other people were prepared to. It's a shame everybody wasn't.' A Wealden Council spokesman said: 'The proposed dwelling by reason of its siting and detailed design would appear as an intrusive development within this semi-rural area. 'The circumstances in this case are not considered sufficient to warrant an exception to the usual restraint policies.' The original plans featured a therapy treatment room, an en-suite bathroom and a bedroom for a carer. The bungalow would have been hidden form view of the road and the nearest neighbours and looked out onto open countryside. Joe's grandfather David Carter, 72 said: 'The local council should be bending over backwards for lads like Joe because there is such a shortage of places for these young lads to live. 'When you think what lads like Joe have been through - he has lost half his body.' His grandmother, Lynda, 60, added: 'These are exceptional circumstances - our grandson has almost given his life for us so that we can be free from terrorists.' Neighbour Bob Crouch said: 'I had no objections and I was disappointed when I heard it had been turned down. 'The council was concerned it could have set a precedent but I think they could have approved it on compassionate grounds.'