I have just heard through the grapevine that the house / castle that was illegally built without planning in Salfords, Redhill is to be demolished and the land returned to agricultural use within 6 months.
The house was hidden for four years behind hay bales to mask the activity and removed when the four years were up. The house has been a talking point for many in the area, and indeed the country. Views are mixed – no one agrees that the house should be allowed to stand but also no one agrees with the fact that the council are allowed to do similar but with thousands of homes instead of just the one. Fidlers house was indeed doomed from the first moment the local council heard of the illegal build – after all, the council gets paid Â£1,000 for every house they choose to put up on a flood plain! They are not likely to let Mr Fidler build himself a million pound house for nothing!
Everyone is expected to abide by planning rules – not least that it’s assumed that no building inspection was ever done and therefore the house may not even be safe and certainly never sale able. It seems the the inevitable has always been that the house will have to be torn down. However, the hypocrisy remains that what’s good for the goose is most definitely not good for the gander with thousands of new houses being built a mile away that everyone objected to!