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Ex-Beatle told to pull down lodge
Sir Paul McCartney
Sir Paul is likely to appeal against the council's decision
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has been told to pull down a log cabin at his estate in East Sussex.

He was refused retrospective planning permission to keep the secluded timber lodge in the grounds of Woodlands Farm, Brede Lane, Peasmarsh.

Representatives for Sir Paul said he needed the lodge to maintain his privacy, but Rother District Council's planning committee threw out the bid.

The 63-year-old is expected to appeal against the decision.

Seclusion and security

If he fails in his appeal, he will have to remove the one-and-a-half storey lodge and return the land to its original state.

A statement on behalf of the ex-Beatle said: "The owner has a requirement for privacy, seclusion and security that the building at Woodlands Farm cannot provide."

It said the farmhouse lacked privacy because a public footpath passed close to the property and through the working farm.

The statement insisted the farmhouse would always be vacant when the lodge was occupied.


"The intention is not to increase the amount of residential property," it added.

But in refusing the application, the planning committee found: "No compelling justification for such a location has been demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Local Planning Authority.

"The proposal harms the intrinsic landscape quality and character of the High Weald.

"The dwelling is not essential to the running of an enterprise which must be in a countryside location."

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