I've had the same problem a couple of times - most recently where the council had given permission in the last five years for a new high stone wall and bell shaped gateway to an exisitng house, but now wanted it demolished as a condition for granting a modest extension to the same house. Furthermore, the new gate had been built to align with a new section of wall which the council had itself built as part of road widening. More recently, and in Kildare I was restoring a 19th C farmhouse built in a L shape around a yard and with outbuildigngs, where the gable was more less on the verge, and the stone gate peirs and original iron gate intact. Council wanted entire gable demolished and moved off the road.
The scandalous aspect of all this is the counties' desire to comply with (British) road standards, based on speed limits which are often far too high for the roads in question. The default speed was until recently 60mph now 80kph, but still usually inappropriately high. City councils started ignoring the road engineers years ago - its a pity their rural counterparts don't stand up to them now and again.