Billionaire Dubai sultan enrages his Surrey neighbours

Mail Online | 1/24/2019 | Rod Ardehali For Mailonline
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A billionaire from Dubai has enraged his neighbours by asking for permission to erect a 6ft high security fence around his £75 million estate after putting it up.

Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum put up the 'prison boundary' metal fence at his Surrey home last year, without planning permission.

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He has now submitted a retrospective application for the towering gate and fence but furious neighbours say it is full of lies, including a declaration that work has yet to begin.

Photographs from the site show the fence is already in place and has been since December last year, neighbours claim.

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One critic claimed the 'illegal' construction involved 'extensive' tree cutting and was built despite bordering a site of special scientific interest.

Billionaire racecourse owner Sheikh Mohammed - who has more than 30 children - is ruler of Dubai and uses his Longcross Estate in Surrey to escape the summer heat.

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His application will now be considered by Runnymede Council, which could approve the plans - or rule the huge fence must be torn down.

In an objection, neighbour Tom Barr said: 'Regarding the application for planning permission, many false claims are made.

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applicant's own dimensioned drawing.

'Section 5 [of the application] has been falsely completed. The work / change of use is completed, yet the applicant claims it has not started.

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'No wildlife surveys were carried out prior to the illegal development, despite parts of the developed area bordering a SSSI, involving the extensive clear cutting of trees and being close (well within 500 metres) to waterbodies highly likely to contain great crested newts.

'The applicant has shown a cynical disregard and contempt for planning procedures.

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'The new security fencing is entirely inappropriate on the border of the common.

'The applicant has shown contempt for the planning process by continuing to build in the absence of permission...
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