Cinderford millionaire defies demolition deadline

By George Henderson in Planning

GRAHAM Wildin, the millionaire accountant who built a 10,000 sq ft leisure centre in his Cinderford back garden continues to defy planning chiefs who want him to tear it down.

In January he was given a deadline of today, July 7 to demolish the complex in Meendhurst Road, which includes a 16-seat cinema, squash court, casino, bar and bowling alley.

But, in the run up to the deadline he remains defiant, maintaining the extension does not need planning permission.

He said: “It’s not coming down. That is definite. For a start you can’t physically knock it down because there is no access.

To get to it you would have to demolish other buildings which do not belong to me.

“The council will now have to decide what they are going to do - other walk away or go to court.”

Mr Wildin says that because the leisure complex was dug 18ft into the ground it does not cause a visual impediment to his neighbours.

But Forest of Dean District Council planners have ruled that the building is a ’bulky structure’ and ’totally out of scale and proportion with the surrounding development’.

A spokesperson for the Forest of Dean District Council said: “There is an extant enforcement notice requiring the removal of an unauthorised development in Mr Wildin’s ownership in Cinderford.

“Once the period for compliance with the notice has expired Mr Wildin will be liable to further action, including prosecution in the courts for a breach of the notice.”

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