Peter Jones had no choice but to dig up his tennis court. The British entrepreneur and businessman and the last original panellist on the television show Dragons’ Den and the television series American Inventor was old by Council officials he needed to get rid of it because it had been built on a forestry site. He is said to be worth nearly half a billion pounds, however being a Dragon’s doesn’t mean he is immune to planning officials, they
reportedly ordered him to tear down a tennis court on his sprawling Buckinghamshire estate. Although hidden from the road, South Bucks District Council ruled the court had to go because the land was designated for forestry and agricultural use.
has since removed the offending court, which may have eluded officials at first because it was nestled in some woods on his estate, near the village of Fulmer.
It has prompted speculation they spotted the court thanks to aerial shots on Google Earth.
He paid an estimated £7 million pounds for the Buckinghamshire estate, where he lives with his partner Tara and their three children. The tycoon began work on the tennis court shortly after purchasing the estate in 2009, sparking a row with officials that lasted nearly four years and ended with the council issuing an enforcement notice.
In a written decision, Keith Turner, of the Planning Inspectorate, said of the court: ‘I have found the development to result in some harm to the openness of the green belt, notwithstanding its screened location.’
A council spokesman told The Mail on Sunday that it was removed soon after the Planning Inspectorate delivered its decision.
Officials also ordered the removal of a 64 ft jetty Mr Jones had built on the lake that runs through the estate.
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