Thursday, February 04, 2010

Farmer Who Secretly Built A Castle And Concealed It In Straw, Loses Battle To Stop It Being Removed | UK News | Sky News

Robert Fidler built his dream home stealthily because he knew he would not get planning permission for the property from the council.

When it was finished in 2002, complete with ramparts and a cannon, the 60-year-old moved in with his wife and son and lived there clandestinely for four years.

He removed the camouflage in 2006, hoping to exploit planning legislation that states that if a property has been complete for four years then it is immune from planning enforcement.

But Reigate & Banstead Borough Council said the removal of the tarpaulin formed part of the building operation and issued an order to demolish it.

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Sylvia K said...

Oh, that's really sad!! Such a beautiful building/home/castle -- whatever! How terrible to have to watch something you had much so much time, money and effort into being torn down. I know, it's the price for breaking the law -- still, it's sad!


Anonymous said...

Its not breaking the law. Its the social liberal mind set of the government that has you imprisoned. They could have just fined him. Had him do community duty for a while. Did not the government inspectors ever come to this place and inspect what was going on all the time it was being built? There had to of been a lot of noise and dust flying about for not the local neighbors not to notice. Guess that hope and change got out of had.

Anonymous said...

Oh and by the way. If it was a muslim doing this do ya believe the local government would have even noticed it? NOT!!! Let alone wanting to demolish it? NOT!!!!
add to anonymous above.

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