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    Castle screened by hay bales to avoid zoning regs

    This could have been a story right out of the Onion.

    A farmer built an entire mock castle behind a screen of hay bales and lived there concealed for four years to evade planning regulations, officials said on Friday -- but it may be torn down anyway.
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    Quote Originally posted by Planderella View post
    Yeah, the ol' hide-the-castle-behind-the-hay-bales-so-as-to-circumvent-statute-of-limitations-requirements ruse. Folks try to pull that off all the time 'round these parts.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Castle screened by hay bales to avoid zoning regs

    LONDON (Reuters) - A farmer built an entire mock castle behind a screen of hay bales and lived there concealed for four years to evade planning regulations, officials said on Friday -- but it may be torn down anyway.


    Robert Fidler hopes to take advantage of a provision of planning law that allows buildings without planning permission to be declared legal if no objections have been made after four years.

    What people wont do these days

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    That's hilarious. Great find.

    Godspeed, Farmer Fidler.
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    Gotta love those Brits/Hidden Building Syndrome

    We actually had something like this happen in the county I work in. A person remodeled a barn as a automobile repair/body shop with no permits and while holding on to his agricultural exemption. Coo "war story."
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    Beat you to it in the Random Thoughts thread.
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    Quote Originally posted by Planderella View post
    Beat you to it in the Random Thoughts thread.
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    Quote Originally posted by Jeff View post
    Robert Fidler hopes to take advantage of a provision of planning law that allows buildings without planning permission to be declared legal if no objections have been made after four years.
    What if the building doesn't conform to the building regulations? Can it still remain, even if there are no objections planning-wise?

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    Wow!

    Only 50,000 ah....guinea....er...um....sovereign....no uh....pounds right??? to build that place.....it must use a septic system or an old horse tank or something for the .......I wonder where they get their water.....a farmers well maybe??
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