Don’t know if this is out there in the wild on DiS already but this dude has built a leisure centre in his back garden, without planning permission. He’s now in prison for 6 weeks because he won’t knock it down. Looks great though, can’t deny it. What man hasn’t dreamed of his own bowling alley and cinema?
Boring accounting details for me and maybe @steved:
Seems like he claimed back VAT on the costs but did a load of interviews where he said it was for personal and family use, so it got disallowed, along with a load of spurious capital allowance claims, and penalties thereon.
Vintage local news photo face
Not visible from Streetview sadly although the area looks a proper dump
Hope he’s got enough money left over to buy some friends.
*Prinzhorn Dance School voice *
BACK GARDEN SPORTS AND LEISURE CENTRE
is a sports leisure centre
I’ve been seeing this pop up in the specialist planning press for a little while now but I had no idea it was that big. Amazing.
Simultaneously think this guy’s a prick but that it’s also quite funny.
Given that according to the pictures, A is his house and B is his leisure centre, how pissed off do you reckon the owners of C are? Enough to be on first name terms with several people at Planning you’d imagine.
Nuke this term from fucking space
I kind of assumed C was his house.
[But looking again I tend to agree with you. Blimey that’s even worse]
The picture in the article is definitely the one next to it, but they could be wrong. Judging by the assorted nonsense going on elsewhere in there though, I think they’re right. What a twat.
How did this happen in the first place? Did the neighbours watch them dig out the footings that fill the entire plot of land and not raise the issue with anyone?
Yeah my first instinct was “what sort of nutter would build something like that against the back of their house” to which the answer is that it’s the type of nutter who would build it against the back of someone else’s house.
Look at that front wall. Look at those cars in the drive. These people didn’t raise a complaint? Clearly gangsters who don’t want the authorities poking around.
“Back Garden Leisure Centre” would make a great Fall song title. Could also be an obscure insult of some kind.
Something about Liz Truss.
he looks so lonely in all the pictures. it’s not a man cave, it’s a cry for help
It’d be quite funny if his neighbours just knocked it down for him while he was away.