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Old 02-03-2010, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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REIGATE, England, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A British appeals court rejected a farmer's request to stop the demolition of a castle he secretly built on his property and concealed for four years.

Robert Fidler of Salfords, Surrey, said the castle, which includes a cannon and ramparts made from discarded grain silos, was completed in 2002.

Farmer ordered to demolish castle - UPI.com
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Old 02-03-2010, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Ostend,Belgium....
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well, saw that on the news and of course there are two sides to every story..or even more in this case...he never got a permit... everyone has to get a building permit..how long did he think he could hide his castle? and why hide it to begin with? seems a bit odd to me...
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Old 02-04-2010, 01:50 AM
 
Location: SW France
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From the reports that I have seen this man acted in a devious and underhand way and is receiving the justice he deserves.

From the photo I've seen, calling it a castle is making it sound far grander than it actually is.
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Old 02-04-2010, 02:09 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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So are they making him demolish it because it's not structurally sound, or are they making him demolish it just to show him who's boss? Because if it's the latter, it seems incredibly petty, not to mention a colossal waste of resources. Make the guy apply for the permits retroactively, inspect the damn place, and if it's up to code, levy some kind of substantial fine for building without a permit. And then let him live happily ever after in his stupid "castle."
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Old 02-04-2010, 02:29 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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OR they could be making him demolish it because its an eye sore...made out of parts taken from demolished grain silos??

Yea, I think we are using the term "castle" in a very loose way here.
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Old 02-04-2010, 05:05 AM
 
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Actually it is quite impressive - the bales of hay were the eyesore!

Farmer | Illegal castle | Man disguised his dream home behind hay bales for four years | The Sun |News

Guess he has learned an expensive lesson - crime doesn't pay.
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Old 02-04-2010, 05:15 AM
 
Location: England
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In the UK you have to have planning permission if you want to erect a building, even if it's on your own land.
He knew what he was doing had not been sanctioned by his local council so he hid it.
He deserves what he is now getting, his name is fidler, seems to suit this guy.

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Old 02-04-2010, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Strathclyde & M√°laga
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In the UK you have to have planning permission if you want to erect a building, even if it's on your own land.
He knew what he was doing had not been sanctioned by his local council so he hid it.
He deserves what he is now getting, his name is fidler, seems to suit this guy.
Yep, thats what happens when people do not abide by the rules.
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:30 AM
 
Location: England.
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So are they making him demolish it because it's not structurally sound, or are they making him demolish it just to show him who's boss? Because if it's the latter, it seems incredibly petty, not to mention a colossal waste of resources. Make the guy apply for the permits retroactively, inspect the damn place, and if it's up to code, levy some kind of substantial fine for building without a permit. And then let him live happily ever after in his stupid "castle."
I would love to buy some land on protected green belt land and build a house there, but I'm not allowed to. That's the law, and it's there for a reason. There tends to be a more defined difference between town and country here than America, because land is scarce and the countryside is protected. This man knew what he was doing and knew the consequences. Tough. If he gets away with it, every farmer will be using their EU subsidies to turn the country into one big ugly suburban sprawl, full of tacky mock castles.
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Ostend,Belgium....
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that's right hengist, agree with what you say
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