Farmer Must Tear Down Castle He Secretly Built

by Nate Wooley | February 20, 2013 11:05 am

[1]A farmer in Surrey, U.K., has been ordered to destroy a castle he built in secret.

Robert Fidler hid the construction of the castle — complete with turrets and cannon — behind haystacks on his property southwest of London, reports The Daily Mail[2]. He completed construction in 2001 but waited until 2006 to unveil it to all.

Unfortunately, Fidler didn’t obtain permission from the local planning commission before building the castles. Under English law, any structure built without such permission cannot be acted against if it goes unchallenged for four years. Fidler believed that, by hiding the building for five years, he has abided by the law. The Reigate & Banstead Borough Council disagreed and ordered him to remove the building in 2007. A six-year legal dispute ensued.

Fidler now has lost his case in the U.K. courts and has been ordered to destroy the castle. Fidler has six weeks to appeal to the U.K. High Court in hopes of reversing the decision. He has vowed to never tear the castle down and said he plans to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary.

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