More proof, if proof were needed, that planning permission is vital when building any kind of shedlike structure comes from Vancouver. In brief, this 45 square foot wooden pirate ship tree house was built by an architect for his young sons. A neighbour complained (on grounds of privacy and outlook), a local planning officer agreed and, more importantly, earlier this week so did a judge who has ordered it must be taken down within 90 days. The whole thing has taken two years to sort out. More details in the Toronto Star and CBC Radio Canada: comments on the latter site are particularly worth reading.
Thanks to Annie MacTavish for the alert.